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Meet the People (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 June 1945 (Sweden)
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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Cast

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The Commander
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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
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Uncle Felix (as Steve Geray)
Paul Regan ...
'Buck'
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Mr. George Peetwick
Betty Jaynes ...
Steffi
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John Swanson
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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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11 June 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Här kommer folket!  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

William 'Swanee' Swanson: But it's not just me alone; its John too, its like a couple of fellas in a partnership in the corner grocery store.
Julie Hampton: You know, maybe you should be in the grocery business!
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Connections

Referenced in Lost: Every Man for Himself (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like to Recognize the Tune
(1939)
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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The Spike Jones sequence alone is worth it.
28 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is typical wartime let's-pull-together propaganda, and it's very entertaining. A tour-de-force with a great cast, leading to a riotous "Heil, Schicklgruber!" sequence with the fabulous Spike Jones entourage, and a sieg-heiling chimpanzee as Adolf Hitler! It holds up well today as both great entertainment and as a glimpse into the national mood of the time. Highly recommended to all!


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