The Gang's All Here (1943) Poster


The production number "The Lady In The Tutti-Frutti Hat" ran into problems with the censors. The Hayes office at first considered the way the gigantic bananas were held in front of the dancers as being too "phallic". The problem was resolved by having the dancers hold the bananas at waist level rather than at hip level.
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.
Don Ameche, who had previously co-starred with Alice Faye in no less than six movies (including In Old Chicago (1937), Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), and That Night in Rio (1941)), was supposed to co-star with her in this movie as well. But Ameche was too busy filming Heaven Can Wait (1943) with Ernst Lubitsch, so James Ellison was cast as a replacement. In the movie, Alice Faye tells Ellison, "Stop acting like Don Ameche!" - an "inside joke," since audiences watching the film would know that Ellison's role was the "Don Ameche role."
Linda Darnell was originally cast in the role of "Vivian." But her marriage to the much-older cinematographer J. Peverell Marley ran her afoul of studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, and she was put on suspension. Sheila Ryan replaced her in the role.
Alice Faye was pregnant with her second daughter during the filming of this movie.
On loan from MGM, Busby Berkeley, directing and choreographing this Twentieth Century-Fox musical, was given his first opportunity to work using perfected, three-strip Technicolor. Thirteen years before, Mr. Berkeley had choreographed for producer Samuel Goldwyn the Eddie Cantor frolic, Whoopee! (1930), shot in early Technicolor.
The songs for this film were originally written for the eventually abandoned MGM picture "Babes in Hollywood".
In a deleted scene (included on the DVD), Phillip Baker hosts a segment of his then-popular radio quiz show, "The $64 Question," with a young G.I. as a contestant.

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