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The Gang's All Here (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 24 December 1943 (USA)
A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific.

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Andrew Mason Sr.
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Mrs. Peyton Potter
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Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Eadie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What a gal is Alice Faye. Sound the alarm men for Carmen Miranda. Laugh your fill with Phil Baker. Let your cheers ring for the King of Swing Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. (Trade paper ad). See more »


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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Busby Berkeley was free to do this film because Arthur Freed had him fired from Girl Crazy (1943) after he shot the film's ending number, "I Got Rhythm", due to Judy Garland's collapse due to overwork. Norman Taurog took over the direction of "Girl Crazy" and, rather than pay him his contract salary for not working, MGM loaned Berkeley to 20th Century-Fox for this film. See more »

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At the train station Edie calls Andy by his name but later is surprised to find out his name isn't really Casey. See more »

Quotes

Peyton Potter: [inspecting lipstick on his handkerchief] Hmm... ketchup?
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Soft Winds
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Written by Benny Goodman (instrumental)
Played by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
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Dreamy Faye and the genius of Busby Berkeley in vintage lavish musical...
24 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Some of ALICE FAYE's close-ups in THE GANG'S ALL HERE convince me that Technicolor was made to show off the charms of certain actresses--as Fox well knew with such beauties as Betty Grable and Linda Darnell under contract. Faye's blue eyes get all misty-eyed when she sings a ballad--and when she's supported by someone like CARMEN MIRANDA for colorful contrast, well--you can bet it's a musical worth seeing and hearing.

In this case--mostly worth seeing because of Busby Berkeley's magical treatment of all the musical numbers. Who can ever forget CARMEN MIRANDA and all those waving bananas??? Or the kaleidoscope effect of several top numbers in an imaginative use of color and camera effects, the kind that only Berkeley was a master of.

The flimsy plot is strictly by the numbers and practically non-existent in a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl sort of way. JAMES ELLISON is a poor substitute for Fox's contract player John Payne, who must have been busy on another assignment when the cast was assembled. And PHIL BAKER is totally wasted.

But it's not too much of a distraction when the gaudy splashes of color, music and just downright fun provided by Faye, Miranda, Eugene Palette, Edward Everett Horton and Charlotte Greenwood come to the fore.

This is typical Fox escapism made for entertainment during World War II when the troops were all salivating over the Fox pin-up girls. Alice Faye is at her most attractive with her warm contralto voice showcased in a couple of hokey ballads and when she gazes heavenly toward some unseen spirit she practically melts the camera lens. She's luscious and so is the film.

And if you're a CARMEN MIRANDA fan, you can't afford to miss this one. Her "Tutti Frutti" number is a knockout and Benny Goodman and his band provide solid musical back-up. Just don't expect reality to butt in at any point during the silly plot.

Trivia note: That's ADELE JERGENS in the background of girls.


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