Riding High (1943)

88-89 mins | Romantic comedy, Musical | 1943

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Calgary Stampede , Canadian Capers and Ready Money . HR news items reveal the following information about the production: When titled Calgary Stampede and Canadian Capers , the film was to have a Canadian background. In Aug 1942, second unit director Hal Walker was preparing to take a crew to Calgary to shoot the chuckwagon sequence and other exteriors. However, due to transportation difficulties, the trip was canceled and the story's locale was changed to Arizona. It is not known if Walker worked on the completed film. Paramount planned to use producer Harry Sherman as a technical advisor for the chuckwagon sequences, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA.
       According to information in the MPAA/PCA Files at the AMPAS Library, the song "He Loved Me Till the All-Clear Came," by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, was originally written for Cass Daley to perform in Paramount's 1943 film Star Spangled Rhythm (see below). Although the song was recorded in 1943, it was not included in that film. In addition, the file reveals that the PCA insisted that certain "sex suggestive" lyrics in the songs "You're the Rainbow," "Get Your Man" and "I'm the Secretary to the Sultan" be re-written. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Sound Recording (Loren Ryder). In 1914, Paramount released Ready Money , which was also based on James Montgomery's play, directed by Oscar C. Apfel and starred Edward Abeles and Monroe Salisbury ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Calgary Stampede , Canadian Capers and Ready Money . HR news items reveal the following information about the production: When titled Calgary Stampede and Canadian Capers , the film was to have a Canadian background. In Aug 1942, second unit director Hal Walker was preparing to take a crew to Calgary to shoot the chuckwagon sequence and other exteriors. However, due to transportation difficulties, the trip was canceled and the story's locale was changed to Arizona. It is not known if Walker worked on the completed film. Paramount planned to use producer Harry Sherman as a technical advisor for the chuckwagon sequences, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA.
       According to information in the MPAA/PCA Files at the AMPAS Library, the song "He Loved Me Till the All-Clear Came," by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, was originally written for Cass Daley to perform in Paramount's 1943 film Star Spangled Rhythm (see below). Although the song was recorded in 1943, it was not included in that film. In addition, the file reveals that the PCA insisted that certain "sex suggestive" lyrics in the songs "You're the Rainbow," "Get Your Man" and "I'm the Secretary to the Sultan" be re-written. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Sound Recording (Loren Ryder). In 1914, Paramount released Ready Money , which was also based on James Montgomery's play, directed by Oscar C. Apfel and starred Edward Abeles and Monroe Salisbury (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.3644). Fred MacMurray starred with Rhonda Fleming in a 12 May 1952 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Nov 1943.
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Daily Variety
22 Jan 1943.
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Daily Variety
5 Nov 43
p. 4.
Film Daily
10 Nov 43
p. 43.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 43
p. 8, 10
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 43
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Nov 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 43
p. 1431.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Nov 43
p. 1613.
New York Herald Tribune
19 Dec 1942.
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New York Times
12 Dec 1943.
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New York Times
23 Dec 43
p. 26.
Variety
10 Nov 43
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to trt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Scenic backdrop paintings of AZ
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adv
Vocal arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Ready Money by James Montgomery (New York, 19 Aug 1912).
SONGS
"You're the Rainbow," "Whistling in the Light" and "Get Your Man," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin
"Injun Gal Heap Hep," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin and Joseph J. Lilley
"Willie the Wolf of the West," music and lyrics by Joseph J. Lilley and Leo Robin
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SONGS
"You're the Rainbow," "Whistling in the Light" and "Get Your Man," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin
"Injun Gal Heap Hep," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin and Joseph J. Lilley
"Willie the Wolf of the West," music and lyrics by Joseph J. Lilley and Leo Robin
"I'm the Secretary to the Sultan," music and lyrics by Leo Robin
"He Loved Me Till the All-Clear Came," music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Calgary Stampede
Ready Money
Canadian Capers
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 December 1943
Production Date:
16 January--late February 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 November 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12430
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
88-89
Length(in feet):
7,964
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9093
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When her burlesque show Strip, Strip, Hooray! closes, dancer Ann Castle returns home to her father's Grenada Silver Mine in the Arizona desert, and learns his new partner, Steve Baird, has not yet paid him the $1,000 for the partnership. Steve has been trying to interest his friends in becoming investors in the mine, but to no avail. Ann is hired as a featured performer at Tess Connors' Bubbling Well guest ranch, and angrily fends off Steve's advances because she believes he is a cheat. Counterfeiter Mortimer J. Slocum becomes interested in Steve's situation and, after befriending him, gives him $20,000 in counterfeit $1,000 bills, in an effort to become a partner in the mine. Before Steve realizes that the money is counterfeit, he flashes the bills in front of friends, who believe that the mine has a mother lode and give Steve the $1,000 he has been seeking. Steve tries to return the money to Slocum after he realizes it is fake, but circumstances intervene to prevent him from unloading it. Ann then expresses new interest in Steve now that he can pay Dad, and after she performs in the ranch's show that night, Steve romances her by the lake, unaware that Tess is also romancing Slocum. The next day, dim-witted sheriff Bob "Foggy" Day and his deputy make an earnest effort to capture Slocum spending the counterfeit bills, and insist on searching Slocum, his room and Steve. Despite some close calls, Steve and Slocum outwit Foggy by slipping the envelope of money into Ann's purse. Ann attempts to mail the envelope, believing it is a letter to her aunt, but it is returned for ... +


When her burlesque show Strip, Strip, Hooray! closes, dancer Ann Castle returns home to her father's Grenada Silver Mine in the Arizona desert, and learns his new partner, Steve Baird, has not yet paid him the $1,000 for the partnership. Steve has been trying to interest his friends in becoming investors in the mine, but to no avail. Ann is hired as a featured performer at Tess Connors' Bubbling Well guest ranch, and angrily fends off Steve's advances because she believes he is a cheat. Counterfeiter Mortimer J. Slocum becomes interested in Steve's situation and, after befriending him, gives him $20,000 in counterfeit $1,000 bills, in an effort to become a partner in the mine. Before Steve realizes that the money is counterfeit, he flashes the bills in front of friends, who believe that the mine has a mother lode and give Steve the $1,000 he has been seeking. Steve tries to return the money to Slocum after he realizes it is fake, but circumstances intervene to prevent him from unloading it. Ann then expresses new interest in Steve now that he can pay Dad, and after she performs in the ranch's show that night, Steve romances her by the lake, unaware that Tess is also romancing Slocum. The next day, dim-witted sheriff Bob "Foggy" Day and his deputy make an earnest effort to capture Slocum spending the counterfeit bills, and insist on searching Slocum, his room and Steve. Despite some close calls, Steve and Slocum outwit Foggy by slipping the envelope of money into Ann's purse. Ann attempts to mail the envelope, believing it is a letter to her aunt, but it is returned for insufficient postage. At dinner, Foggy reveals Slocum and Steve's subterfuge, and Steve's friends demand their checks back, even after Dad appears and reports that he has hit a mother lode of copper. Slocum then bets the counterfeit $20,000 that Tess's chuckwagon can beat rancher Frenchy McGuire's wagon in the annual chuckwagon race. Following orders, Frenchy's hired hand Shorty switches the racing order sign on her wagon. The next day, Tess angrily demands that the sign be corrected, and Shorty blames the sabotage on Slocum. In the ensuing mêlée, Foggy's gun accidentally discharges, and the horses pulling Tess's wagon take off with Ann and Slocum aboard. Neither Ann nor Slocum know how to guide the horses, and much to Slocum's dismay, half of the wagon drops off as he sawed it the previous night, thinking that it was McGuire's wagon. Steve races on horseback to catch up with the wagon, and all the other wagons join the premature race. When Tess's wagon begins to lose with Steve at the reins, Slocum throws counterfeit bills behind them. The competing wagons slow to catch the money, and Tess's wagon comes in first, earning Steve the $1,000 prize. Now that he has proof of his counterfeiting, Foggy arrests Slocum, and Steve refuses to accept McGuire's $20,000 check because Slocum cheated. McGuire nevertheless insists on giving Steve the money as an investment in the mine. As he is being hauled away, Slocum advises Tess to marry Foggy, and Steve then revives a fainted Ann in a manner characteristic of their loving relationship: with a splash of cold water. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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