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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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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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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

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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

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1943 with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

A Southern Pacific "cab-forward" locomotive is seen pulling the train at the start of the movie. It is shown stopping in Iowa to let the main characters disembark. The SP does not, and never has, run into Iowa. See more »

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Jo Hayden: Who's the want ad with the squirrel around his neck?
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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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Referenced in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

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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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grown-up Judy catches Gene in uniform
24 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Notable for two things: the first adult role for Judy Garland (then just out of her teens), and debut of Gene Kelly, who had previously made an impact on Broadway as Pal Joey. George Murphy also appears as a kind of second-string lead, and one suspects much of his original part went to Kelly as filming progressed.

Directed by Busby Berkeley, but without his usual musical sequence flourishes, the plot is focused on the war, specifically the need for able-bodied men to serve rather than squander their lives on selfish pursuits. This means, for Kelly and Garland, putting aside their dreams of vaudeville fame as a team in favour of the greater good.

The stars have great chemistry – in their two duets, the title song and ‘If You Wore A Tulip', there is a gaiety and charm which would continue throughout their further collaborations through the forties. Garland shines as you always knew she would from her pictures as a child, and Kelly has the charisma in spades which would put him at the forefront of the golden age of musicals.


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