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Time Out for Rhythm

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Time Out for Rhythm
Directed bySidney Salkow
Written byAlex Ruben (play)
Screenplay byEdmund L. Hartmann
Bert Lawrence
Story byBert Granet
Produced byIrving Starr
StarringRudy Vallée
Ann Miller
Richard Lane
Rosemary Lane
Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Joan Merrill
Richard Fiske
CinematographyFranz Planer
Edited byArt Seid
Music byMorris Stoloff
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 5, 1941 (1941-06-05)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Time Out for Rhythm is a 1941 musical comedy film directed by Sidney Salkow and starring Rudy Vallée, Ann Miller and the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard). Six Hits and a Miss perform, as well as Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, and Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band, and with eight original songs by Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn.

Plot

Harvard educated Danny Collins (Rudy Vallée) and street-wise Mike Armstrong (Richard Lane) team up after a chance meeting to form the most successful talent agency in New York City. Mike is in love with nightclub and Broadway songstress Frances Lewis (Rosemary Lane), determined to make her nationally famous with his and Danny's help. Danny sees her, correctly, as a self-centered opportunist willing to capitalize on Mike's affections to further her career.

Eventually, she causes Danny and Mike to split. Around the same time Danny and his assistant 'Off-Beat' Davis meet Frances' maid Kitty Brown (Ann Miller), a shy tap-dancing wonder, and try to find her work... but without Mike, their new agency cannot get going successfully. Mike is not having any luck on his own either, despite the fact he and Frances are now engaged to be married.

When Danny has the opportunity to produce a New York-based variety show with Kitty and Joan Merrill (as herself) as the headliners, he and Mike finally make amends when he needs Mike's help to seal the deal. But Frances blackmails Danny, threatening to break Mike's heart if she is not cast as the star of the show. Mike eventually learns about this and finally sees Frances for who she really is and leaves her. Mike moves forward, with Danny as his friend and business partner once again, to work on the show starring Kitty.

The film's musical finale begins with the Stooges (with help from co-stars Brenda and Cobrina) performing a hilarious rhumba dance number, with Curly Howard dressed up as Carmen Miranda.

Cast

Production notes

The Three Stooges costar as out-of-work actors trying to find jobs thru Danny's and Mike's agency. The Stooges provide most of the laughs as they appear throughout the movie. They perform their famous "Maharaja" routine here for the first time, (later reused in their 1946 short subject Three Little Pirates) and several other bits, including some of their vaudeville material from their era with Ted Healy specifically the "Melodrama" sketch borrowed from their Healy MGM-era short Plane Nuts.

Alan Hale, Jr., best known for his role as The Skipper on Gilligan's Island, also makes a brief appearance, marking one of his first film appearances.

Home media

For many years, Time Out for Rhythm remained the only Columbia feature-length film with bit parts from the Stooges unavailable in DVD format (it never saw a VHS release). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment finally gave the film a DVD release on August 7, 2012, as part of its manufactured-on-demand Columbia Choice Collection series.[1] On February 4, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment released the film on Blu-Ray as part of the six-movie set The Three Stooges Collection.[2]

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