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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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Greatest musical show ever to thrill your heart! See more »

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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Time  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After initial previews, much of the film's ending was re-shot in order to make Gene Kelly's draft-dodging character Harry Palmer more sympathetic to wartime audiences. The scenes in which Palmer becomes a hero in combat were among those added. 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: Gee what do you do when you love somebody so much, and they don't even know you're around?
Jimmy K. Metcalf: I dunno Jo. I guess you just keep right on loving them.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Do I Love You?
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by E. Ray Goetz and Henri Christiné
Lyrics by E. Ray Goetz
Played on piano and sung by Mártha Eggerth
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I wanted to buy war bonds!

Though a thinly veiled piece of propaganda for WWII sentiment, it did the trick. I couldn't believe I cried not once but three times at this Kelly/Garland musical. An amusement park of a flick. With rollercoaster rides of joy, mood swings of sadness and insecurities, all rolled into a sappy feel good post-depression fluff. Who needs hormones when you can watch this. Great star vehicle for Kelly,it catapulted him into the rarified air of those who have talent, good looks, and that certain "something". Though at times he seems a bit in awe of his surroundings, it comes off as cockiness and works. Garland's sense of innocent security grounded this film and proved she was already in the stratosphere. The supporting cast held up their ends admirably. Enough to make this film enjoyable even in these jaded times.


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