Title: Time Out for Rhythm
Release Date: June 5, 1941
Running Time: 75 minutes
“The Raja will now take the razor sharp knives and throw them at random!” “Are you Random?” “No, I’m not Random!”
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 Three Stooges in Time Out For Rhythm
The Three Stooges costar as out-of-work actors trying to find jobs thru Danny’s and Mike’s agency. The Boys provide most of the laughs as they appear throughout the movie. They perform the “Maharaja” routine, the “Melodrama” sketch, disguise themselves as inept Western Union messengers to invade the agency, and masquerade as gangsters to trick Frances. The film’s musical finale begins with the Stooges and ‘Brenda & Cobina’ performing a hilarious rhumba number, with Curly costumed as Carmen Miranda.
The film’s musical finale begins with The Three Stooges (with help from co-stars Brenda and Cobina) performing a hilarious rhumba dance number, with Curly Howard dressed up as Carmen Miranda.
The Three Stooges Quotes from Time Out For Rhythm
“Laughing-yet, we are here!”
“Blind Bat? He can see better than you can!” “Prove it!” “Raja! (holds up silver platter) What’s this?” “Half a dollar!” “He’s right… I thought it was a dime.”
(Moe, Larry and Curly)
“I never forget a face.” “Well you better go home sister, because you forgot it today!”
(Elvia Allman & Moe)
“Hey, are you sufferin’ from clean underwear?”
“Stupidity!?” “We’re technical experts!”
(Larry & Moe)
Time Out for Rhythm Cast & Crew
|Directed by||Sidney Salkow|
|Produced by||Irving Star|
|Written by||Alex Ruben (play)|
|Screenplay by||Edmund L. Hartmann
|Story by||Bert Granet|
|Music by||Saul Chaplin|
|Edited by||Art Seid|
Time Out for Rhythm Trivia
- The Stooges perform their famous “Maharaja” routine here for the first time, which was later used in Three Little Pirates
- Moe, Larry, and Shemp later appeared with Carmen Miranda on The Colgate Comedy Hour (December 16, 1951)
- 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 Skipper Jonas Grumby on Gilligan’s Island, also makes a brief appearance, marking one of his first film appearances
- Besides the wonderful Ann Miller and matinee idol Rudy Vallee, we also recognize Elvia Allman one of our favorite character actresses. Rember her from The Beverly Hillbillies as Elverna Bradshaw?
- Filming took place over 25 days from: 1941-02-24 To: 1941-03-24
- The working title was Show Business