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Release Date:
5 May 1944 (USA) See more »
Hollywood's Biggest Stars Come Together For A Great Cause!
During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Raft ... Tony West

Vera Zorina ... Gloria Vance

Grace McDonald ... Kitty West

Charley Grapewin ... Nick West

Ramsay Ames ... Laura

Charles Butterworth ... Louie Fairweather

Elizabeth Patterson ... Annie

Regis Toomey ... Dr. Henderson

George Macready ... Walter Bruce

Jeanette MacDonald ... Jeanette MacDonald
Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show ... Mercury Wonder Show

Marlene Dietrich ... Marlene Dietrich

Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore

Donald O'Connor ... Donald O'Connor

Peggy Ryan ... Peggy Ryan

W.C. Fields ... W. C. Fields

The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters

Artur Rubinstein ... Artur Rubinstein

Carmen Amaya ... Carmen Amaya and Her Company (as Carmen Amaya and Her Company)

Sophie Tucker ... Sophie Tucker
Delta Rhythm Boys ... The Delta Rhythm Boys (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Leonard Gautier's Bricklayers ... Leonard Gautier's Dog Act (as Leonard Gautier's Dog Act 'The Bricklayers')
Ted Lewis and His Orchestra ... Ted Lewis Orchestra
Freddie Slack and His Orchestra ... Freddie Slack Orchestra
Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra ... Charlie Spivak Orchestra

Theodore von Eltz ... William Barrett (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Louis Jordan and his Orchestra ... Louis Jordan Orchestra

Martha O'Driscoll ... Martha O'Driscoll

Maxie Rosenbloom ... Slapsy Maxie
Spooks the Dog ... Junior (as Spooks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews
Patty Andrews ... Patty
Traverse Crawford ... Traverse Crawford (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Rene DeKnight ... Rene DeKnight (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Lee Gaines ... Lee Gaines (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Clinton Holland ... Clinton Holland (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)

Louis Jordan ... Louis Jordan

Ted Lewis ... Ted Lewis
Kelsey Pharr ... Kelsey Pharr (as The Delta Rhythm Boys)
Freddie Slack ... Freddie Slack

Orson Welles ... Orson Welles

Walter Abel ... Walter Abel (uncredited)

Louise Allbritton ... Louise Allbritton (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Soldier (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Australian Officer (uncredited)

Evelyn Ankers ... Evelyn Ankers (uncredited)
Martin Ashe ... Man in Office (uncredited)
Robert Ashley ... Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Soldier - W.C. Fields Routine (uncredited)
Rosemary Battle ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Louise Beavers ... Louise Beavers (uncredited)

Noah Beery Jr. ... Noah Beery Jr. (uncredited)
Genevieve Bell ... Mother in Montage (uncredited)
Hal Bell ... Sailor (uncredited)

William 'Billy' Benedict ... Joe (uncredited)

Lee Bennett ... Acrobat (uncredited)

Turhan Bey ... Turhan Bey (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Doris Bren ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Linda Brent ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Nancy Brinckman ... Phone Operator (uncredited)

Steve Brodie ... Australian Pilot (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ... Col. Starret (uncredited)
Ed Brown ... Soldier (uncredited)

Nigel Bruce ... Nigel Bruce (uncredited)
Jimmy Carpenter ... Soldier (uncredited)

John Cason ... Soldier Listening to Radio (uncredited)
Agustín Castellón Sabicas ... Agustin Castellón Sabicas (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Ship Officer (uncredited)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lon Chaney Jr. (uncredited)
George Chirello ... Welles' Assistant (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... HVC Committee Man (uncredited)

Peter Coe ... Peter Coe (uncredited)

Lois Collier ... Lois Collier (uncredited)
Alan Cook ... Soldier (uncredited)

Clyde Cook ... Stooge (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Richard Crane ... Marine Officer (uncredited)

Alan Curtis ... Alan Curtis (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Eddie (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Reporter (uncredited)

Andy Devine ... Andy Devine (uncredited)
John Duane ... Soldier (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Loomis (uncredited)

Bill Dyer ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Submarine Officer (uncredited)
John Estes ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Majorie Fectean ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

William Forrest ... Col. Edward Dobbs (uncredited)

Susanna Foster ... Susanna Foster (uncredited)
Clair Freeman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Gardner ... Patient in Leg Cast (uncredited)
Leonard Gautier ... Performer (uncredited)
Janice Gay ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Thomas Gomez ... Thomas Gomez (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Lt. Reynolds (uncredited)

Thurston Hall ... Man (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Announcer (uncredited)
Kay Harding ... Woman in Montage (uncredited)
Carey Harrison ... Colonel (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Ship Officer (uncredited)

Howard C. Hickman ... Dr. Wood (uncredited)

Samuel S. Hinds ... Officer (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Australian Reporter (uncredited)

Charles Anthony Hughes ... Man (uncredited)

Gloria Jean ... Gloria Jean (uncredited)

Frank Jenks ... Chick Doyle (uncredited)

Charles King ... Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Kirk ... Man (uncredited)

Elyse Knox ... Elyse Knox (uncredited)
Eddie Kover ... Soldier (uncredited)
Don Kramer ... Soldier (uncredited)

Molly Lamont ... Ms. Hartford - Secretary (uncredited)

Frank LaRue ... Postman (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Studio Cop (uncredited)
Odessa Lauren ... Phone Operator (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Bull Fiddler (uncredited)
Lolita Leighter ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Doris Lloyd ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Military Officer (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Officer (uncredited)
Don McGill ... Man (uncredited)
William Meader ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Blind Soldier in MacDonald Act (uncredited)

Maria Montez ... Maria Montez (uncredited)

Dennis Moore ... HVC Officer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Theatregoer (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Singer (uncredited)
Dick Nelson ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Nickolai ... Dancer (uncredited)

Marie Osborne ... Nurse (uncredited)

Robert Paige ... Robert Paige (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Man in Office (uncredited)

Grandon Rhodes ... George Grayson (uncredited)

Addison Richards ... MacDermott (uncredited)
George Riley ... Jimmy (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Laughtonpher (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Rowland ... Magic Maid (uncredited)

Randolph Scott ... Randolph Scott (uncredited)

Janet Shaw ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Mel Shubert ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jane Smith ... Magic Maid (uncredited)
Lennie Smith ... Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)

Gale Sondergaard ... Gale Sondergaard (uncredited)
Charlie Spivak ... Charlie Spivak (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Taylor (uncredited)
Nick Stewart ... Lt. Reynolds (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bernard Thomas ... Soldier (uncredited)
Luis Torres ... Soldier (uncredited)
Carl Vernell ... Terry Dennis (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Harkness (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Captain (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Terry Fife (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Wegman ... Mayor (uncredited)
Jack Whitley ... Man (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Soldier (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Capt. Williams (uncredited)

Jan Wiley ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Zoot Suit Man (uncredited)
Duke York ... Military Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
A. Edward Sutherland  (as Eddie Sutherland)
John Rawlins (uncredited)
Writing credits
Lou Breslow (original screen play) and
Gertrude Purcell (original screen play)

Joe Schoenfeld (epilogue "Soldiers in Greasepaint")

Marjorie Bowles  contributing writer (uncredited)
Dorothy B. Hughes  script (Delta Rhythm Boys sequence) (uncredited)

Produced by
Charles K. Feldman .... producer
Al Rockett .... associate producer (as Albert L. Rockett)
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. (film editor)
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Harold H. MacArthur 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
Ira Webb (set decorations) (as Ira S. Webb)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Makeup Department
Bert Duke .... makeup artist: additional scenes (uncredited)
Emmy Eckhardt .... hairdresser: additional scenes (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Christie .... assistant director
Lou Breslow .... director: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Fred Frank .... assistant director: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
William Holland .... assistant director (uncredited)
M. Inger .... assistant director: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
John Rawlins .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Eddie Regan .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
S. Bricker .... props: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Dan Fish .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
A. Anderson .... sound technician: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Frank Artman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Charles Carroll .... sound technician: additional scenes (uncredited)
James Masterson .... recording operator: additional scenes (uncredited)
R. Parrish .... boom operator: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
John W. Rixey .... recording operator: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
William Schwartz .... recording operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Carl Lee .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Buckley .... grip: additional scenes (uncredited)
Wallace Chewning .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Cowie .... grip (uncredited)
E. Esterbrook .... still photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Gerstle .... assistant camera: additional scenes (uncredited)
Maury Gertsman .... camera operator: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Frank Heisler .... assistant camera: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Hal Mohr .... director of photography: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
M. Nathan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ross Savon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harold I. Smith .... camera operator: additional scenes (uncredited)
Charles Van Enger .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Walter Woodworth .... grip: Delta Rhythm Boys sequence (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Greer .... gowns: Miss Zorina
Bert Heinsickson .... wardrobe: additional scenes (uncredited)
Music Department
Leigh Harline .... musical director
Other crew
George Hale .... musical numbers devised and staged by
George Balanchine .... dance director (uncredited)
Lackritz .... jewelry: Miss Zorina (uncredited)
Henry C. Rogers .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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122 min | USA:110 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Decca Records star Bing Crosby, who did not appear in this film, combined with The Andrews Sisters on two "Billboard"-charting songs featured in the score: "Vic'try Polka" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), sung in the picture at the conclusion of a greatest-hits medley by 'The Andrews Sisters, a number-five "Billboard" tune in 1943; and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)" (music and lyrics by Louis Jordan and Billy Austin (I)), performed in the movie by Mr. Jordan singing with his orchestra, a number-two "Billboard" ditty for Crosby and the trio in 1944. On their own, the Andrews Sisters waxed for Decca and then repeated in this film a jivey song of farewell, "Shoo-Shoo" Baby" (music and lyrics by Phil Moore). Between late December 1943 and mid-April 1944, the sisters' 78 ranked as high as #3 among the "Billboard"-charting singles. Placing alongside was the Ella Mae Morse cut of "Shoo-Shoo Baby" on Capitol. In another musical from Universal, South of Dixie (1944), Ella gave out with her rendition.See more »
Gloria Vance:You have no inhibitions, have you?
Tony West:I can't afford them.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining The Troops, 12 July 2000
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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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