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Meet the People (1944)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  11 June 1945 (Sweden)
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A idealistic shipyard worker interests a beautiful Hollywood star in staging a musical tribute to the war industry, but they disagree on some important issues.

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(as Charles Riesner)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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William 'Swanee' Swanson
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The Commander
Rags Ragland ...
Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Annie
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra ...
Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra
Spike Jones and His City Slickers ...
Spike Jones' City Slickers
Steven Geray ...
Uncle Felix (as Steve Geray)
Paul Regan ...
'Buck'
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Mr. George Peetwick
Betty Jaynes ...
Steffi
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John Swanson
Morris Ankrum ...
Monte Rowland
Miriam LaVelle ...
Miriam - Acrobatic Dancer
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Storyline

Shipyard worker Bill Swanson writes a wartime play celebrating the American spirit. He meets theatre actress Julie Hampton, visiting the shipyard on a bond drive, and convinces her to read his patriotic opus. Enthusiastic at its potential, Julie is able to get the show produced, but Bill is dismayed when he discovers that its being turned into a musical. Withdrawing his option, he returns to his day job, but Julie isn't to be put off so easily. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents the gayest musical!


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Release Date:

11 June 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Här kommer folket!  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play initially was performed in Los Angeles. It opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 25 December 1940, and closed on 10 May 1941 after 160 performances (considered a moderate hit). The opening night cast included Jack Albertson, Nanette Fabray, Jack Gilford, Peggy Ryan and Doodles Weaver. See more »

Goofs

Director Charles Reisner's name was incorrectly spelled in the main credits as "Riesner". See more »

Quotes

Monte Rowland: Then just what is it you want, Mr. Swanson?
William 'Swanee' Swanson: The show I wrote. It has a point of view, not just a view of points.
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Referenced in The Sopranos: Soprano Home Movies (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Say That We're Sweethearts Again
(1944)
Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Sung by Virginia O'Brien at the show
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Some sensational music!
5 April 2001 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Forget the period propaganda or the corny jokes. This movie has some sensational music in it, great arrangements & great singing, especially one of the greatest songs written by one of the greatest teams: Rogers & Hart's "I Like to Recognize the Tune". A gorgeous rendition by one of the most beautiful pop songs ever written or performed. Worth reviving this movie (& then there's Spike Jones).


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