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Meet the People (1944)

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.


(as Charles Riesner)


(short story), (short story) | 3 more credits »

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


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:

15 March 1945 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Conozca a la gente  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daws Butler, the voice actor for Hanna Barbera cartoon characters, patterned the voice of the lion Snagglepuss after Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Butler took Snagglepuss's catchphrase "Heavens to Mergatroid" from Bert Lahr's having said it in the movie Meet the People. See more »


The Rodgers and Hart song, "I Like To Recognize The Tune", was incorrectly titled "I'd Like To Recognize The Tune" in the main titles. See more »


The Commander: You must come up and launch with me sometime.
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Referenced in The Sopranos: Soprano Home Movies (2007) See more »


I Like to Recognize the Tune
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by June Allyson, Virginia O'Brien, Ziggie Talent, Vaughn Monroe,
The King Sisters and others, with Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra
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Dull plot, boring music, even Spike Jones and Lucille Ball couldn't save it.
11 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie hoping for the best. I like wartime musicals in general. Dick Powell and Lucille Ball did good jobs with their roles; however, the writers gave them boring dialog. The love-interest between the two of them was not given any real growth; just suddenly it was there. I did not think much of the music; the best number was the snippet we heard of Spike Jones with "Der Fuhrer's Face." The one complete number that Spike Jones did had little of his great musical comedy; pretty tame stuff,even with the monkey. Bert Lahr's comedy skits were interminable.

There were parts to enjoy: Lucille Ball was quite a looker, and there was a good selection of bit players who really deserved more time on screen.

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