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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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(original screen play), (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Vera Zorina ...
Gloria Vance
Grace McDonald ...
Kitty West
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Nick West
Ramsay Ames ...
Laura
Charles Butterworth ...
Louie Fairweather
Elizabeth Patterson ...
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Dr. Henderson
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Walter Bruce
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Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show ...
Mercury Wonder Show
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Dinah Shore
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Donald O'Connor
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Peggy Ryan
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Three Cheers for the Boys  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Since the Guest Stars are credited in the opening set of credits, but are not in the more comprehensive end credits, the opening credits are listed first, followed by those in the end credits not yet in, as required by IMDb policy on cast ordering. See more »

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Gloria Vance: You have no inhibitions, have you?
Tony West: I can't afford them.
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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score after the final performance at the Palace theater
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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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