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For Me and My Gal (1942) Poster

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Gene Kelly's film debut. It is known that Judy Garland got him the job after seeing him in the Broadway musical "Pal Joey".
This was the first film in which Judy Garland had her name billed before the title, which showed her growing importance and stature at MGM.
This is the first of two movies in which a character says to Judy Garland, "Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?" The second is Easter Parade (1948), starring Fred Astaire.
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.
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.
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.
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The first of three movie musicals which Judy Garland and Gene Kelly starred in together, though they did appear separately in other movies and features.
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Mártha Eggerth's solo number, "The Spell of the Waltz", was cut before the film's release. The footage of the number does not survive, but the audio does and was included on the Rhino Records soundtrack album along with several other cut songs featuring the film's principal cast.
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Eleanor Powell and Dan Dailey were originally supposed to star in this movie but were removed from the picture during rehearsals and replaced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.
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"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.
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Judy Garland's costume in the "Ballin' the Jack" number was originally worn by Eleanor Powell in Lady Be Good (1941) in a scene that was eventually deleted.
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George Murphy was originally cast as Harry Palmer, but he instead played Jimmy Metcalfe once the lead role went to Gene Kelly.
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Hugh Martin wrote a song for the movie called "Three Cheers for the Yanks" that was cut from the movie before release. You can hear the song on the DVD extras.
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Studio records show that Abe Dinovitch and Maude Erickson filmed a production number with Judy Garland, but it was cut before the final release. Similarly, Six Hits and a Miss was filmed in another number cut before release.
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Richard Quine, who plays Judy Garland's off-to-the-war brother, later moved behind the camera and directed such films as "The Solid Gold Cadillac," "Bell Book and Candle," "The World of Suzie Wong," "Sex and the Single Girl," "How to Murder Your Wife," etc.
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Judy Garland got Gene Kelly for this film when MGM didn't want him. He repaid her the favor with summer stock. Judy Garland was at the end of her contract with MGM and Gene Kelly insisted she be in the film with him.
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Judy Garland's weight had dropped below 95 pounds and some critics commented that she looked gaunt and almost emaciated.
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Jo's brother, Danny, was killed in action on September 28, 1917. Later in the movie, Jimmy Metcalf "paid" a French taxi driver with a men's clothing store coupon for a sale that ended on June 15, 1914, over 3 years earlier.
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