Time Out for Rhythm (1941) starring Rudy Vallee, Ann Miller, the Three Stooges
Synopsis of Time Out for Rhythm
Time Out for Rhythm is a musical dealing with Danny Collins (Rudy Vallee) and Mike Armstrong (Richard Lane), who form a successful partnership and preeminent talent agency, whose friendship and partnership are broken up over Mikeâs love for a singer, Frances Lewis (Rosemary Lane), who is using Mike to climb the ladder to stardom. Comic relief is provided early and often by the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard)
Review of Time Out for Rhythm
Time Out for Rhythm is a somewhat unusual musical, it that it has a fairly âheavyâ plot, where Mike has a crush on Frances Lewis, a former Broadway singer who has just divorced her first husband. As the movie progresses, it becomes clear that sheâs simply a gold-digger; while allowing Mike to think that she loves him, sheâs dating a tobacco millionaire on the sideâas the millionaire departs after their date, she sighs âThere goes 30 million dollars.â Danny, and his assistant Off-Beat Davis (Allen Jenkins) both become privy to her intentions, and are trying to protect Mike, unsuccessfully. Along the way, they discover that Francesâ maid, Kitty Brown (Ann Miller), is an accomplished dancer, and they recruit her for their latest production, leading to a romance between Danny and Kitty. Mikeâs romance with Frances leads to the shattering of the friendship and partnership, until a chance to audition for Hollywood forces them back together, and gives Frances a chance to stab Mike in the back one last time.
As I say, a very heavy plot line for a 1940âs musical, so itâs good that the Three Stooges are on hand as would-be actors who keep auditioning for the talent agents, as recurring comedy relief. Theyâre very good in this role, and pop up with over a half-dozen routines, including their first filmed version of the âMaha, Yaha?â routine, and frankly itâs the funniest version that Iâve ever seen. Likewise, later they play-act at being gangsters, do a very funny âI wonât pay the mortgageâ routine that I frankly donât remember seeing in any of their other films, a very funny âtelegram deliveryâ routine ending with Curly shredding the telegram that theyâre supposed to deliver in order to throw the scraps as though they were snowflakes, and in the big finale the Three Stooges dance the Rhumba, with Curly imitating Carmen Miranda!
In addition to the Three Stooges being laugh-out-loud funny (and they are), thereâs also the dancing of Ann Miller, and some fairly nice songs as well:
- âTime Out for Musicâ
- âA-Twiddlinâ My Thumbsâ
- âObviously the Gentleman Prefers to Danceâ
- âRio De Janeiroâ
- âThe Boogie Woogie Manâ
- âShows How Wrong a Gal Can Beâ
- âAs If You Didnât Knowâ
All in all, even though I originally only watched Time Out for Rhythm for completeness as part of the Three Stooges section of this site, I ended up enjoying it very much, and I hope that you do as well when you have an opportunity to watch it; at present, itâs unfortunately not available on DVD.
Funny movie quotes from Time Out for Rhythm
Moe (Moe Howard): This is âItâ with a capital âEâ!
Moe (Moe Howard): Thatâs a knife which youâre gonna pitchit?
Curly (Curly Howard): Thatâs a knife which Iâm gonna chuckit!
Moe (Moe Howard): Sit down, you overstuffed davenport!
Moe (Moe Howard): At this time the Rajah says he will throw the razor-edged daggers at random.
Larry (Larry Fine): Are you Random?
Moe (Moe Howard): [after Curly throws a knife at Larry nearly touching Larryâs skull] Try again, ya missed him.
Secretary 1: Donât you think I’m like her?
Secretary 2: Well, in some places you are, and in some places you ain’t; and where you ainât you certainly hit the jackpot!
Moe (Moe Howard): We’ll split up the swag even. Iâll take half.
Larry (Larry Fine): And I’ll take half.
Curly (Curly Howard): And I’ll take whatâs left!
Moe (Moe Howard): Okay!
Curly (Curly Howard): Itâs a deal!
Mike: Iâll give you one second to get out of here!
Moe (Moe Howard): [manhandling Curly] Get going! You heard him! [looks at Mike, dashes out] I heard him, too!
Moe (Moe Howard): [running entrance] Mr. Davis! Mr. Collins! Your worries are over!
Larry (Larry Fine): Yeah, theyâre over!
Curly (Curly Howard): Are they?
Off-Beat Davis: How would you like to join the biggest act in town?
Three Stooges: Oh boy!
Off-Beat Davis: 52 consecutive weeks without a layoff! They even supply the costumes!
Moe (Moe Howard): Where?
Off-Beat Davis: Bartlett building, number 248, local draft board.
Larry (Larry Fine): Letâs hurry up before somebody beats us to it!
Danny Collins: Any calls?
Secretary 1: Three salespeople, the March of Dimes, and a wrong number.
Secretary 2: Is it possible?
Curly (Curly Howard): If youâre possible, we are too!
Secretary 1: I never forget a face!
Moe (Moe Howard): Well, you better go home, sister, because you forgot it today!
Curly (Curly Howard): Letâs rush home and pack! [the Three Stooges dash out, and then dash back in] Weâre packed!
Secretary 1: [ordering escorts from an escort service] Make mine tall, blond, and …
Secretary 2: [grabbing the phone] near-sighted! And make mine … mine!
Secretary 2: Doesnât my hair look awful today?
Secretary 1: I told you not to hang it where the dog could get at it.
Off-Beat Davis: [exasperated] Stupid!
[Moe, Larry and Curly appear] Moe (Moe Howard): You called?
Moe (Moe Howard): Itâs stupendous!
Larry (Larry Fine): Itâs colossal!
Off-Beat Davis: Itâs putrid.