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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance, War | 19 August 1943 (Australia)
Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

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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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The Greatest Romantic Musical . . . Ever ! See more »

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Musical | Romance | War

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19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

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Me and My Gal  »

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$802,000 (estimated)

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$4,371,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Producer David O. Selznick had brought Gene Kelly to Hollywood from New York but couldn't find a suitable vehicle for him, so he allowed Kelly to sign a contract with MGM, where his career flourished beginning with this film. 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

Jo Hayden: You'll never be big time because you're small time in your heart.
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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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Featured in An Evening with Gene Kelly (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Jack Mahoney
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in a show
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Underrated movie is wonderful!
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gene Kelly makes his smashing screen debut in For me and my gal. That alone should make it a must see. This movie was a delight for numerous reasons. First, I like the fact that this movie was a musical/drama. So, we were able to get a full dose of the manifold talents of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Second, the chemistry that Judy and Gene had in this movie was exceptional. The scene in which they are singing the title song is riveting. George Murphy was solid in his role as the amiable friend and colleague, who was a good example of selflessness.

This movie is not as renowned as other Garland classics such as the wizard of Oz and Meet me in St. Louis. However, I think this was her most endearing role. She was beautiful, sweet and vivacious in this movie. I can watch this movie repeatedly, and so should everyone else.


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