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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance | War  -  19 August 1943 (Australia)
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

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Eve Minard (as Marta Eggerth)
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Mr. Waring (New York Palace manager) (as Horace McNally)
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Set during WW I, Palmer and Hayden team up as vaudeville artists. Harry Palmer deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted to the army. Later, he makes up for this. WW I patriotism for a WW II audience, very sentimental, great musical episodes and songs. Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

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Budget:

$802,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,371,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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When it was decided that the costume worn by Mártha Eggerth while she performed "Do I Love You?" revealed too much cleavage, all close-ups of her during the number were blurred at the bodice. See more »

Goofs

Jo's YWCA uniform (like much of her clothing in the latter half of the film) is characteristic of World War II, when the film was released, and not World War I, in which it is set. Her uniform's shoulders are too broad and the skirt too short, and she is wearing sheer stockings and pumps instead of opaque stockings and high boots or oxfords. See more »

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Jo Hayden: You'll never be big time because you're small time in your heart.
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For Me and My Gal
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on piano (with background orchestra) by Judy Garland (uncredited) and sung and danced by her and Gene Kelly (uncredited)in a coffee shop
Reprised by Judy Garland (uncredited), Gene Kelly (uncredited) and chorus at the end
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Delightful musical, great chemistry between Gene and Judy
12 September 2003 | by (Saskatchewan, Canada) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable musical, with Kelly and Garland dancing well together and singly nicely in harmony, too (particularly the title song). Also Judy does a really nice job of singing some WWI tunes while entertaining the troops.

Some tidbits about the movie from a Gene Kelly biography I've read:

  • Fair bit of on set animosity between George Murphy and Gene Kelly.


Murphy was a veteran song and dance man from many film musicals and felt he was deserving of the starring role (Kelly's) in the film. As he saw it, because it was Kelly's first film, Kelly didn't deserve the role.

  • Gene coached Judy through the dance numbers, and Judy helped Gene with


his acting. Apparently he received next to no acting coaching from the director or from the studio.

  • If the ending feels sort of tacked on, it actually was. The original


ending had Gene serve as entertainer overseas, then return home to get the girl. At a test screening, audience was 85% negative that a draft dodger should get the girl in the end, typical comment was George Murphy should get the girl, not some draft dodger. MGM re-shot it to give Gene's character a more heroic overseas tour of duty.


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