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You Were Meant for Me (1948)

Approved | | Musical | 1 February 1948 (USA)
1920's bandleader Chuck Arnold meets hometown girl Peggy at one of the band's dances and next day weds her. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, ... See full summary »

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1920's bandleader Chuck Arnold meets hometown girl Peggy at one of the band's dances and next day weds her. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, but it is the 1929 Crash that makes things really tough for the both of them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {jwp@aber.ac.uk}

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The Loves, the songs, the laughter of that wonderful "Flapper Age"!

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Kuin luotu minulle  »

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Accordong to Shiela Graham, Marilyn Monroe's role ended on the cutting room floor, but in a scene a face which looks like Monroe's is among those reacting on a crowded dance floor. See more »

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You Were Meant for Me
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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The Stars Shine, Though The Production Doesn't
31 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

The movie puzzles me. On the whole, it's a rather dour little musical, but not without its moments. However, I'm struck that the cast is not well served by the quality of the production. Given TCF's reputation for gloss, particularly in its musicals, this production almost looks like a neglected child. The b&w is undistinguished, the direction uninspired, the production numbers meager and the script erratic, particularly in the final few minutes. It's as if the producers wanted a quick, happy wrap regardless of what went before. Given Crain's rising star, State Fair (1945) and Leave Her to Heaven (1945), the studio's apparent disregard seems doubly puzzling.

Nonetheless, Crain's charm shines through as she battles to keep her marriage together through both high times and low. Dailey too, is engaging as a bandleader who has trouble coping when the Depression suddenly dries up his gigs. Happily, there's some genuine chemistry in their pairing. To me, the high point comes when he and Crain break into an impromptu little dance in the drugstore. It's a charming little display of musical talent, helped along by the movie's generally tuneful selection of songs. Speaking of talent, Levant's gift for dourly humorous asides is ill served by director Bacon. Levant is primarily a personality, not an actor, so he needs a lot of coaching, which his uneasy performance apparently didn't get. Too bad, since he can be delightfully sour when more comfortable.

All in all, the two stars shine through even though the production doesn't.


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