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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
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Personally I think several of the opinions here are awfully harsh and take unfair advantage of 20/20 hindsight. Yes, WW2 was horrible--- and you've got innumerable references to topical characters that've faded from the average person's knowledge. But a Ken Burns documentary this ain't! Valid criticism: it suffers from being an MGM musical shot in black & white with a 40-year old Dick Powell who'd had his more than his fill of such stuff. But there's a lot it on the plus side too: Virginia "The Shynx" O'Brian is terrific, June Allyson (possibly where she first met Dick?), Bert Lahr doing some of his finest signature work (it left me wondering why he was never in the running for the Fred Mertz role--- the cast seemed to love him) and honestly, Lucille Ball looks amazing, dubbed voice and all. And there's also the seemingly incongruent mix of Spike Jones and Vaughan Monroe. The stage version was already several years old and several of the (admittedly unremarkable) songs were updated for the war effort. Look for MGM-contract star Mickey Rooney's dad, Joe Yule, in the role of "Shorty," Bobby Blake doing his best to remain on the Metro lot during the waning days of Our Gang and Rags Ragland, less than two years away from his very premature death. This is an entertaining, very loose stage adaption of a modest Broadway hit geared to wartime audiences just wanting to be entertained. Far from a classic but worth watching.
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