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Babes in Arms (1939)

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The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.

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Charles Winninger ...
Joe Moran
Guy Kibbee ...
Judge Black
June Preisser ...
Rosalie Essex
Grace Hayes ...
Florrie Moran
Betty Jaynes ...
Molly Moran
Douglas McPhail ...
Don Brice
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Jeff Steele
Leni Lynn ...
Dody Martini
Johnny Sheffield ...
Bobs (as John Sheffield)
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Madox
Barnett Parker ...
William
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Barton
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Martha Steele
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Storyline

Mickey Moran, a talented singer and musician, son of a veteran from the show business. Mickey has a partner, Patsi Barton, a pretty girl and also a very talented singer. One day, a big opportunity arrives for Mickey, a big contract to set up his own show. However, things don't go well, and in order to avoid being sent to a work farm, he'll improvise a show in the country, despite the awful weather conditions. Patsi's in love with Mickey, he loves her too, but for him the show must go on, and his big dream maybe will come true: formally stage his play in a big scenario, with a huge production. Written by Alejandro Frias

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The big musical fun show!

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Comedy | Musical

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13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la farándula  »

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$748,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland-Busby Berkeley full-throttle production number, "God's Country" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg), had been introduced on Broadway by Jack Whiting and The Five Reillys in the 1937 musical, "Hooray for What!" MGM bought the screen rights to the show, which never was filmed. See more »

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Camera shadow on front row of violin players just before Mickey covers his ears. See more »

Quotes

Michael C. 'Mickey' Moran: Listen, are you kids willing to stick together and pull yourselves out of a hole? I've got an idea. Our folks think we're babes in arms, huh? Well, we'll show 'em whether we're babes in arms or not. I'm gonna write a show for us to put on right here in Seaport! Why, it'll be the most up-to-date thing these hicks around here have ever seen. Opening night we'll have Max Gordon, Sam Harris, Lee Schubert down to give us the once over. How about it, kids? We'll get every kid in this town on our side...
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Spoofed in Boobs in Arms (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning
(1939)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) and Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Reprised at rehearsal and danced by the girls
Played during the end credits
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Strange currents make it more creepy than beloved
8 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's an early Freed Unit picture, and among other Freed staples it has the work of Roger Edens, snatches of "Singing in the Rain" and "Good Morning," plus a whisper of "Broadway Rhythm." But it's kind of cuckoo. The director is Busby Berkeley, who wanted everything BIG even when the movie was supposed to be SMALL. Thus BB encourages the Mickster to go into his full Eugene O'Neill mode and he out-shouts everyone in the movie, including the hurricane! That is, when he's not on the verge of tears. If a woman had so over-heated, you'd say it's her time of the month; I can only guess Mick's ego went nuclear and BB wasn't interested enough to rein him in. He may not have even noticed. The most absurd stroke is that Rooney clearly believed he was a great impressionist too, and BB let him do crude impersonations of Gable and Barrymore, among others, that seem pointless and self- congratulatory. Judy is early Judy: shy, more Dorothy Gale than the windstorm of talent she'd become in later Freed masterpieces like "Meet Me in St. Louis" and so forth. Some other oddities, or at least they seem odd now: a big number in which Mick and the "kids" march through the streets of a Long Island coastal town, carrying torches and proclaiming that they are the future has an odd Nazi vibe to it. Creepy. Then there's baritone Doug McPhail who was five years from suicide; he's the next Nelson Eddy except there was no next Nelson Eddy which may be why he poisoned himself. Johhny Sheffield, later to be "Boy" to Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan, is briefly glimpsed and such MGM regs as Guy Kibbee and Margaret Hamilston are around to ground the movie in solid professionalism. It's sure watchable, even today, but now you think: these people thought they were riding the wave and the wave was coming in to crush THEM.


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