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Follow the Boys (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 5 May 1944 (USA)
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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(original screen play), (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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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 »

Soundtracks

I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Neville Fleeson
Sung by The Andrews Sisters in a medley of their hits
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Universal's entry in wartime entertainment
7 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

1944's "Follow the Boys" was hardly the first entry in the studios' rush to provide wartime entertainment in the form of a musical revue featuring contract players going all out for victory. Universal didn't have the kind of stars that the majors had, so they resorted to borrowing George Raft and Vera Zorina to kick off the initial storyline, vaudeville hoofers lamenting its demise only to find new life in serving the armed forces by performing on a worldwide scale. W.C. Fields drops by to play out his ancient (circa 1903) pool routine, done earlier in 1915's "Pool Sharks" (his screen debut) and 1934's "Six of a Kind." Jeannette MacDonald reprises her greatest triumph, "Beyond the Blue Horizon," as do The Andrews Sisters (they sing a medley of their hits), while bandleaders Charlie Pivak, Freddie Slack, Ted Lewis ("is everybody happy?"), and Louis Jordan round out the musical portion. There is an amusing dog act that ends in breathless fashion, and Orson Welles indulging in one of his favorite pastimes, prestidigitation, with gorgeous Marlene Dietrich an assistant that any magician would literally die for (being sawed in half just about does it!). Around the half hour mark Raft addresses an assembly of actors making up most of Universal's stable, mostly silent and observing, some granted a line or two - Andy Devine, Lon Chaney, Randolph Scott, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Curtis, Turhan Bey, Nigel Bruce, Lois Collier, Peter Coe, Susanna Foster, Gloria Jean, Thomas Gomez, Elyse Knox, Maria Montez, Robert Paige, and Gale Sondergaard. For Lon Chaney fans, it's enough to see him sitting right behind Sophie Tucker, wearing the same mustache from his just completed "Calling Dr. Death," since a few months earlier he was definitely absent from Olsen and Johnson's "Crazy House" (this was the last time he was unbilled on screen).


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