Thousands Cheer


Thousands Cheer (1943)

(featuring Lucille Ball as herself)

Lucille Ball Movies

Eddy Marsh (Gene Kelly) wants to put on a Big Show for his fellow serviceman. Along the way, Eddy falls in love with Kathryn Jones (Kathryn Grayson), the daughter of Colonel William Jones (John Boles).

Trapeze artist Eddie Marsh is a new military recruit with an entertainer's spirit. Eddie decides he'd like to organize a grand performance for his fellow soldiers, but is distracted when he meets the lovely Kathyrn.

Eddie and Kathyrn have chemistry, but the girl's father, Col. Bill Jones, disapproves of the romance. Undeterred, Eddie does his best to put on the show of a lifetime and earn the blessing of the curmudgeonly colonel.

Special Notes: Produced at the height of the Second World War, the film was intended as a morale booster for American troops and their families.

Movie #59
Film Date: 1943

Release Date: January 1, 1944
Film Type: musical
Film Color: Technicolor
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Film Length: 125 minutes

George Sidney (Director)
Joe Pasternak (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (herself)

Supporting Cast:
Mickey Rooney (Guest Star)
Kathryn Grayson (Kathryn Jones)
Gene Kelly (Eddie Marsh)
Judy Garland (Guest)
Richard "Red" Skelton (Himself)
Mary Astor (Hyllary Jones)
John Boles (Col. Jones)
Eleanor Powell (Herself)
Ann Sothern (Guest)
José Iturbi (Himself)
Lucille Ball (Cameo)
Frances Rafferty (Marie)
Virginia O'Brien (Herself)
Frank Morgan (Himself)
Lena Horne (Herself)
Marsha Hunt (Herself)
Marilyn Maxwell (Herself)
Donna Reed (Guest)
Margaret O'Brien (Guest)
June Allyson (Guest)
John Conte (Himself)
Sara Haden (Herself)
Don Loper (Himself)
Ben Blue (Chuck)
Frank Jenks (Sgt. Koslack)
Frank Sully (Alan)
Dick Simmons (Capt. Avery)
Ben Lessy (Silent Monk)
Pierre Watkin (Alex)
Bryant Washburn (Lt. Col. Brand)
James Warren
Paul Speer (Specialty Dancer)
William Tannen (Prison Sergeant)
Carl Saxe (Sergeant Major)
Harry Strang (Capt. Haines)
Florence Turner (Mother at Station)
Peggy Remington
Don Taylor (Soldier)
Ray Teal (Ringmaster)
Eve Whitney
Bob Crosby and His Orchestra)
Eileen Coghlan
Cliff Danielson
Natalie Draper (Girls at Station)
Connie Gilchrist (Taxicab Driver)
Lionel Barrymore (Announcer)
Sig Arno (Uncle Algy)
Wally Cassell (Jack)
Monte Blue
Daisy Bufford (Maid)
Bea Nigro (Woman)
James Millican (Sgt. Carrington Major)
Marta Linden (Skit Nurse)
Ed Mortimer (Guest)
Odette Myrtil (Mama Corbino)
Aileen Haley
Betty Jaynes (Girl at Station)
Myron Healey (Soldier)
Linda Landi (Polish Girl at Station)
Will Kaufman (Papa Corbino)
Kay Kyser