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Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952)

Two singers (Frankie Laine, Billy Daniels) step in to help an aspiring actress (Charlotte Austin) whose grandmother opposes her bid to launch a show-business career.


Richard Quine




Credited cast:
Frankie Laine ... Frankie Laine
Billy Daniels ... Billy Daniels
Charlotte Austin ... Cathy Blake
Arthur Franz ... Phil Young
Ida Moore ... Martha Blake
Lloyd Corrigan ... Tobias aka Toby
Barbara Whiting ... Suzy Milligan
Ross Ford ... Elliott Livermore
Arthur Space ... Joe Brady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clark Howat ... Disc Jockey (scenes deleted)


Two singers (Frankie Laine, Billy Daniels) step in to help an aspiring actress (Charlotte Austin) whose grandmother opposes her bid to launch a show-business career.

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Up-in-the-clouds fun in an out-of-this-world musical




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Release Date:

September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Air See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Upon its re-release, this 1952 film was retitled "Castle in the Air", leading to much confusion on the part of television exhibitors who mistook this film for a British ghost fantasy, also released in 1952, whose ORIGINAL and only title was "Castle in the Air". Often TV stations who were actually showing "Rainbow Round My Shoulder" under its re-release title would think that they were showing the British fantasy film. The confusion persists to this day, as evidenced by Turner Classic Movies' recent showing of the Frankie Laine musical after announcing that the British fantasy film would be shown. See more »


Wonderful Wasn't It
Written by Don Rodney and Hal David
Sung by Frankie Laine and Charlotte Austin
Charlotte Austin was dubbed by Jo Ann Greer
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one beautiful castle
30 June 2011 | by froberts73See all my reviews

First of all, a couple of those 'critics' particularly the jasper moaning about what he calls unmemorable songs. "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," "Bye Bye Blackbird," hardly fit that category. There were other good standards, and some of the less-known items were very, very good. Also, the dance number in the playground was imaginative and most enjoyable.

Someone was yapping about Charlotte Austin's smile. It was beautiful, and so was she. Many others pale by comparison, especially some of today's phonies whose beauty comes from skilled make-up artists. Gene Austin's daughter was a beaut.

Someone said that Lloyd Corrigan was not as good as usual. What b.s. He played the same part he usually did, and just as enjoyably.

Two of the best singers in the business, Frankie Laine and Billy Daniels, are two more excellent reasons for trying to get your hands on this virtually unknown gem.

Once again, TCM pressed the confusion button and scheduled another picture with the same title (the title of this one was changed a couple of times). The other starred the great Margaret Rutherford and I hope to catch up with it some time.

For now, I'm happy about putting this one on instead. Forget the negative yapping. Guarantee - you'll enjoy every moment.

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