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Follow the Boys (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  5 May 1944 (USA)
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During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »

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During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were meant as morale-boosters to both the troops overseas and the civilians at home. This was Universal Pictures' effort. It features everyone from Donald O'Connor to the Andrews Sisters to Orson Welles to W.C. Fields to George Raft to Marlene Dietrich, and dozens of other Universal players. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hollywood's Biggest Stars Come Together For A Great Cause!

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Comedy | Drama | Musical | War

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5 May 1944 (USA)  »

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Three Cheers for the Boys  »

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Recorded with just a choral background since the American Federation of Musicians' wartime strike continued against Victor Records, Dinah Shore's blockbuster 78 of the Oscar-nominated, eternal love song, "I'll Walk Alone" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) held the apex of the "Billboard" singles chart for three weeks, between November 4 and November 18, 1944. A #3 "Billboard" single of another tune from the movie was the jaunty "Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)" (music and lyrics and Louis Jordan and Billy Austin (I)). Decca Records (having settled with the musicians' union) released the record by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. See more »

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Entertaining The Troops
12 July 2000 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Follow The Boys was one of several "entertaining the troops" films made during World War II. The plots often revolved around personal conflict for the characters that is war related. The films usually pat show business on the back for what it's doing for the troops. Finally, there are lots of speciality numbers by popular performers of the day. Follow The Boys stays true to the formula, but with some interesting touches. First, it provides some background on the organization necessary to put entertainment units together. Second, some footage was shot at actual performances before audiences of service men and women.

George Raft plays the main character, a dancer turned show organizaer. His dancing makes us realize he is better at organizing shows. As is often the case in these films, the high spots are the speciality numbers, particularly Loius Jordan, Dinah Shore, and amazingly enough, Arthur Rubenstein here. Orson Welles does a fascinating magic act. Jeanette McDonald does a number in a hospital ward singing to injured soldiers. It's contrived, yet moving. Follow The Boys is an interesting, if uneven, WWII artifact.


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