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 Mike’s 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 “heavy” 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 she’s simply a gold-digger; while allowing Mike to think that she loves him, she’s dating a tobacco millionaire on the side. As the millionaire departs after their date, she sighs “There goes 30 million dollars.”
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 Frances’ 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. Mike’s 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.
Three Stooges as comedy relief
As I say, a very heavy plot line for a 1940’s musical, so it’s good that the Three Stooges are on hand as would-be actors who keep auditioning for the talent agents, as recurring comedy relief. They’re very good in this role, and pop up with over a half-dozen routines, including their first filmed version of the “Maha, Yaha?” routine, and frankly it’s the funniest version that I’ve ever seen. Likewise, later they play-act at being gangsters, do a very funny “I won’t pay the mortgage” routine that I frankly don’t remember seeing in any of their other films, a very funny “telegram delivery” routine ending with Curly shredding the telegram that they’re 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), there’s also the dancing of Ann Miller, and some fairly nice songs as well:
- Time Out for Music
- A-Twiddlin’ My Thumbs
- Obviously the Gentleman Prefers to Dance
- Rio De Janeiro
- The Boogie Woogie Man
- Shows How Wrong a Gal Can Be
- As If You Didn’t Know
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 “It” with a capital “E”!
Moe (Moe Howard): That’s a knife which you’re gonna pitchit?
Curly (Curly Howard): That’s a knife which I’m 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 Larry’s skull] Try again, ya missed him.
Moe (Moe Howard): We’ll split up the swag even. I’ll take half.
Larry (Larry Fine): And I’ll take half.
Curly (Curly Howard): And I’ll take what’s left!
Moe (Moe Howard): Okay!
Curly (Curly Howard): It’s a deal!
Mike: I’ll 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, they’re over!
Curly (Curly Howard): Are they?
Off-Beat Davis: [sending them to join the Army] 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): Let’s hurry up before somebody beats us to it!
Off-Beat Davis: [exasperated] Stupid!
[Moe, Larry and Curly appear] Moe (Moe Howard): You called?
Moe (Moe Howard): It’s stupendous!
Larry (Larry Fine): It’s colossal!
Off-Beat Davis: It’s putrid.
Secretary 1: Don’t you think I’m like her?
Secretary 2: Well, in some places you are, and in some places you ain’t; and where you ain’t you certainly hit the jackpot!
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 you’re 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): Let’s rush home and pack! [the Three Stooges dash out, and then dash back in] We’re 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: Doesn’t my hair look awful today?
Secretary 1: I told you not to hang it where the dog could get at it.
Cast of Characters
- Rudy Vallee (Gold Diggers in Paris) … Daniel ‘Danny’ Collins
- Ann Miller (Reveille with Beverly) … Kitty Brown
- Rosemary Lane (Best Foot Forward) … Frances Lewis
- Allen Jenkins (Five Came Back) … Off-Beat Davis
- Joan Merrill … Joan
- Richard Lane (Take Me Out to the Ballgame) … Mike Armstrong
- Stanley Andrews (Superman and the Mole Men) … James Anderson
- Moe Howard … Stooge Moe
- Larry Fine … Stooge Larry
- Curly Howard … Stooge Curly
- Blanche Stewart … Brenda
- Elvia Allman (The Nutty Professor) … Cobina
- Six Hits and a Miss … Singers
- Glen Gray … Orchestra Leader
- Casa Loma Orchestra … Orchestra
- Eduardo Durant … Orchestra Leader
- Eduardo Durant’s Rhumba Band … Orchestra