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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30-minute CBS Radio adaptation of the movie on November 9, 1941 with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

During the girls' duet, Patsy Barton begins her solo, and Mickey Moran switches from cello plucking to piano thumping. However, the music continues as it was before, and we don't hear any amazing sounds on the piano in spite of Mickey's efforts. 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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Referenced in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Sung and Danced by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and chorus
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The beginning of the musical barnyard.
22 August 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I just saw it on TCM, after finally acquiring cable. It's sweet. I imagine the original stage score was sharper and more adult, but you must know by now that Hollywood has been tampering with the scores of stage musicals since the year 1. When they filmed GAY DIVORCE they eliminated the entire score- save one little song danced by Fred Astaire. There's been stage-to-screen tampering done with SHOW BOAT, ON THE TOWN, BRIGADOON, SWEET CHARITY, and A CHORUS LINE, to name a few. And Rodgers & Hart were decidedly more sophisticated, adult composers; they had to endure the wrath of the puritanical Hollywood image back then. This is why I've always preferred musicals originally created for the screen; no one looking for a stage predecessor would be offended. As it is, they did keep "The Lady is A Tramp" in the background and allowed "Where or When" to be performed as a slightly botched band rehearsal. But I love the staging of the title song: a march through the street, gathering more and more teens as they go, with its bonfire-rally finale; and Judy Garland's torch solo "I Cried For You" is a stunning piece of poignancy which makes you forget that she is only 17 years old. She does a magnificent job of grounding the overly ecstatic Mickey Rooney. As for dated film accusations- yes, it is dated; America just entered World War II at this movie's release, and it's probably no coincidence that the film's finale "God's Country" is an especially long, uplifting musical sequence. I mean, how ageless can it be with Mickey Rooney doing an impersonation of President Roosevelt?!


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