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Something for the Boys (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  1 November 1944 (USA)
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The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas ... See full summary »

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Michael O'Shea ...
Sergeant Ronald 'Rocky' Fulton
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Blossom Hart
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Harry Hart
Sheila Ryan ...
Melanie Walker
Perry Como ...
Sergeant Laddie Green
Glenn Langan ...
Lieutenant Ashley Crothers
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The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas proves to be a "termite trap" and tax liability. Fortunately, Sgt. Rocky Fulton from a nearby army camp appears with a plan to convert the place to a hotel for army wives; but to pay bills until then, they decide to put on a show. Of course, romantic and military complications intervene... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Something FOR YOUR EYES...Something FOR YOUR EARS...Something FOR YOUR HEART! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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1 November 1944 (USA)  »

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Alegria, Rapazes  »

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In her one-line bit as a defense-plant welder, Judy Holliday delivered this observation: "I knew a girl once who had carborundum in her teeth, and she turned into a radio-receiving set." See more »

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Chiquita Hart: What a letdown. I think I'm going to be a Southern belle and I get sold down the river.
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IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Perry Como and Vivian Blaine
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Something for the Boys was an enjoyable "war musical" of many I'm reviewing for the next few days
19 March 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is my first review of the next few days of what I'm going to call "war musicals", as this was made in and reflected (somewhat here) the condition of the World War II times. This was based on a Cole Porter musical on Broadway but only his title song is intact in this film version which is sung by leading lady Vivian Blaine. Most of the others are original songs by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson. An exception to those is a number performed by Carmen Miranda. Nevertheless, I was entertained by all of them. Anyway, Ms. Blaine, Ms. Miranda, and Phil Silvers find out they're cousins when they find out they've each inherited a mansion in the South. The dilapidated state it's in makes them wish to rid of it but an Army Sergeant (Michael O'Shea) offers to rent it for his men and their wives for some R 'n' R. In order to raise money, they put on a show...Like I said, I liked the songs and the comedy bits involving the kitchen and an invention later on were quite hilarious to me. The only thing I didn't like was the contrived conflict between O'Shea and Ms. Blaine over the former's ex (Sheila Ryan). But other than that, I found Something for the Boys very entertaining from beginning to end especially during the two numbers of Ms. Miranda. P.S. Ms. Ryan had previously appeared in Laurel & Hardy's first two Fox features-Great Guns and A-Haunting We Will Go. And watch for future Amazing Colossal Man Glenn Langan as a Southern Lieutenant. And famous crooner Perry Como sings a couple of the songs. Oh, and Judy Holliday makes an appearance in the beginning...


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