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Delightful musical, great chemistry between Gene and Judy
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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