A girl is desperate to get to Washington D.C. to be with her lonesome brother, a wounded G.I. But train travel is impossible just after the war. She pleads with an exasperated railroad agent for something, anything. He suggests she go to Paramount Pictures and talk to Bing Crosby, who is in charge of a Victory War Bonds show. The government has arranged a special caravan to Washington for the Hollywood stars. Maybe she could get a ride with them. The next morning, she arrives at the studio. She manages to get past the studio guard, who chases her around the lot. She encounters many stars, including Robert Benchley, Barbara Stanwyck and Alan Ladd. Finally, she meets Bing. The trouble is, if she wants Bing's upper berth, she will have to persuade Bob Hope to share his lower berth. Written by
But ma - but madam if you - You're exasperated? Well, I hope you don't think this is any easy job - Well, goodbye!
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"The Treasury Department once again extends its thanks to the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry, for actively participating in this Victory Loan Campaign. Thanks to the producers and distributors... to those exhibitors who sell war bonds day and night in their theatres... and thanks to the stars and craftsmen who so generously gave of their time to make this film possible. -- Ted R. Gamble, National War Finance Director See more »
This 20 minute post-war short was included on "Road to Utopia" DVD with Hope/Crosby. Apparently made AFTER the end of the second world war (some of the lyrics are "the bonds we bought before bought the bomb that won the war" ), this shortie was one of the "buy the war-bonds" propaganda films shown in theaters around the US. It DOES have a wagon-load of big shots - Hope/Crosby do a comedy bit with a little bit of story line, Betty Hutton does a dance number with a dance troupe, along with appearances by others like William Demarest, Barbara Stanwycke, and tons of others. Its a little slice of entertainment history, but unfortunately, the sound quality on some of the numbers is just TERRIBLE. Carmen Cavallaro does "I've got Rhythm" on the piano, but the recording quality is quite bad. Humphrey Bogart gets up to say he's not going to give a speech, then gives a speech on why its important to buy bonds to bring the soldiers home. Also the "Matumba" number by Olga San Juan has more static and distortion than melody. Those problems aside, its fun to see a little chunk of history. Turner Classic Movies frequently shows these short films in between the major films, but you never know when they are going to be shown, so its very hit or miss.
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