Rhythm on the River

Synopsis: Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ...
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Victor Schertzinger
Production: Paramount Pictures
92 min

d d [ Conga ]

Do people in New York always

act like this, Uncle john?

No, not always.

These are

theatrical people.

They're happy because

it's Christmas Eve and

they've all got jobs.

Doing what?

They're going to be in

Oliver Courtney's new show.

He writes the

words and music.

Which one

is Mr. Courtney?

Standing right here.


Here. See?

With the beautiful girl.

Every time you write a

new song, I could kiss you.

That spurs me to

greater effort, Millie.

Someday I must try

a symphony.


I don't suppose there's a

more successful songwriter

in the country today.

And who is the man

at the piano?


That's Mr. Courtney's

assistant, Billy Starbuck.

He's sort of a


Everybody, let's have

a square dance.

Choose your partners.

But, Oliver, we came

to hear your music.


Oliver, how 'bout playing

some of the music

for the new show?

Please, Oliver.

I've got nothing

presentable yet.

You said you'd play one

of the songs tonight.

We came expressly

for that purpose.

He's just teasing.

Play my big number in which

I come out of the oyster.


Charlie, what's this

about an oyster?

Oh, I... forgot to tell you.

Grafskaya has done us

a ballet where Millie

comes out of an oyster.

That's just marvelous!

My song is called, ''What Would

Shakespeare Have Said?''

Play it. If it's good,

we'll have her come out of

a big volume of Shakespeare.

[ Woman ]

Oh, that's impossible.

But then I can't wear

my bathing suit.

Never mind that.


we're all waiting.

[ Whistles ]

Charlie, would you

excuse me for a moment?

Excuse me, everybody.

Oh, he's not

going to play!

Keep that other door closed.

Don't let anyone in.

This is a fne time

to be getting here!

Where have you been?

Who me? I've been visiting

my uncle at Tarrytown.

Yes, you.

Don't you realize I've got

a room full of people

waiting to hear the new song?


here she is!

It's wet.

That's sweat.

How'd it work out?

Don't you want

to hear it?

It's a good idea to know

what you've composed.

All right.

Play it over softly.

Sing the lyrics.

This may be a

little tough for you.

Is this your


Yes, sir.

Want me to play it

the way it's written?

You could surprise me.

I will, honeysuckle.

Hey, hey, hey!

Wait, wait.

Is that in there?

[ Chuckles ]

d What would Shakespeare

have said d

d If he had ever

seen you d

d Well, that's exactly what

I've been trying to say d

d Take charming

and adorable d

d They're practically

obsolete d

d And I think

it's deplorable d

d To depend on a word

like sweet d

d What would Shakespeare

have said d

d If you had lived

in his day d

d I only know how immensely

thrilled he would be d

d I love you

wouldn't be strong enough d

d He'd coin a phrase

instead d

d 'Cause you're oh, so

Darn it d

d What would Shakespeare

have said d d

That's easily

the best thing

you ever wrote.


Thank you.

Have you got

the orchestrations?

Here's the piano part.

Here's the brass.

Here's the reeds.

The strings--

Oh, here's the strings.

Here's the bass part.

There you are.


There's a man writes

a great lyric!

d What would Shakespeare

have said d

d If he had

ever seen you d

d Well, that's exactly what

I've been trying to say d


d Take charming

and adorable d

d They're practically

obsolete d

d And I think

it's deplorable d

d To depend on a word

like sweet d

She doesn't get any life

into it, no bounce.

Don't you think so?

It's lavender

and old lace...

but it's gruesome.

d I only know how immensely

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)


Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss this Rhythm on the River script with the community:


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"Rhythm on the River" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 13 Dec. 2019. <https://www.scripts.com/script/rhythm_on_the_river_16900>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

Rhythm on the River

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.