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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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Jo Hayden
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Jimmy K. Metcalf
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Mártha Eggerth ...
Eve Minard (as Marta Eggerth)
Ben Blue ...
Sid Simms
Stephen McNally ...
Mr. Waring (New York Palace manager) (as Horace McNally)
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Storyline

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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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Harry Palmer: Right up to this minute, my only claim to fame: you were once my girl.
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A picture of an infantry soldier in New York harbor and the text "America needs your money. Buy war bonds and stamps at this theatre." See more »

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How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by Judy Garland and chorus in the YMCA theater in France
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Gene Kelly's entry into movies
3 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1943 Gene Kelly made "For Me And My Gal". It was a film starring that rising star of MGM Judy Garland, set in the years from 1915 - 1919. Garland wanted Kelly to appear in this film as her lover, Harry Palmer. It was an unusual film debut for Kelly, now recalled for his masterful dancing in musicals like "Singing In The Rain" and "An American In Paris". Instead, although it was a musical (using many tunes of the Tin Pan Alley period, it really was a character study. It looked at Kelly's opportunistic anti-hero, who does love Garland, but who is career centered to the point that he injures himself (he thinks it will be a slight injury) to avoid the draft.

It is a passably good film, due to the chemistry of the leads and such supporting film actors as Keenan Wynn (as Kelly's long suffering agent, who gets to tell him off), and George Murphy (as the would-be lover of Garland, who can't get her attention away from the unworthy Kelly).

The interest I have in the film is why Garland chose Kelly for this part. She apparently insisted that he be used for this film. The reason is that his biggest Broadway success was the 1941 show "Pal Joey", where he played the first anti-hero in Broadway history. Joey is a user of women, who wants to own a fancy nightclub in Chicago. He never rises above the sleazy dive he acts as M.C. at. He could be Harry Palmer's distant, slightly cousin. Garland would have seen Kelly play a role of a heel where he sang a golden flow of Rogers and Hart melodies, and do some good hoofing as well. It was the perfect "screen test" for Kelly to use to prove his ability to play Palmer. So he got his first role, and then went on to the major achievements of his career.


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