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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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(as Eddie Sutherland), (uncredited)

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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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This was W.C. Fields's last filmed appearance. He had supported the war effort, but his health was declining. His billiards routine (using a trick table) was a crowd pleaser. Even though it had been filmed previously, Fields was paid $15,000 to perform the routine again on camera. See more »

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W.C. Fields: You can count on me. You can always find me at Little Joe's Cream Puff Emporium.
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Featured in Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001) See more »

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Good Night
(1923) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Leo Wood, Con Conrad and Irving Bibo
Performed by Ted Lewis and his Band; vocal by Ted Lewis
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USO training film
26 November 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

In a great tribute to all the performers who have entertained American Fighting Forces, Follow the Boys assembles a nifty all-star group to let the folks on the home front see what the soldiers are getting. The film combines real footage in the field mixed with performers recreating their USO acts.

The result is a bit like a training film for the USO, but it does help us appreciate how so many performers went above and beyond the call of duty. From the wonderful Andrews Sisters to magical Orson Welles, it is an eclectic revue. There is a particularly touching section in the middle, from Artur Rubinstein to a montage underscored by beautifully melancholy songs from Dinah Shore.

Of course to get to all this, you must wade through a negligible plot about a husband-and-wife dance team (George Raft and Vera Zorina) who split over one of those obnoxious movie misunderstanding as he wants to put all his efforts into entertaining the troops. The dialogue is pedantic, Zorina is a cold fish, and Raft is stiff - until he's dancing.

Though he seems to be enjoying himself ONLY when he's dancing, Raft had an emotional investment in the film. In real life, he was among the troop entertainers, and he had also been very close to Carole Lombard, who had died earlier engaged in exactly that work. Perhaps it was his personal tribute to her. He is in one of the best numbers of the film: Louis Jordan and his orchestra perform "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" and then accompany Raft as he dances "Sweet Georgia Brown" in the rain for a group of black soldiers. Though Raft was at his peak weight here, he was still nimble afoot.


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