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In this gem of a short subject June Allyson, not yet the star that
should would eventually become, plays a temporary mayor for a city in
order to make it more attractive. With the help of several other well
meaning dames, she urges other city employed women to do their jobs to
the best of their abilities.
A musical short, the first two songs in this one are amazingly catchy. Particularly a song about an overworked information girl. We are then presented with a near-opera number and finale that's very cheerful and features quite the funny little joke.' You can catch this one on the Warner Brothers "Roaring Twenties" DVD. Recommended.
The headline states: "Girls Take Over" - "Fair Sex To Rule City For A
Day." The story begins, "Oodles of fun," said her honor, the Mayor, in
her first official interview at the city hall this morning. The girls
will assume all the responsibilities of the city administration for one
To open the "show," we hear the mayor (a very cute June Allyson) and three other ladies sing, "We Have To Make The City Pretty." Later, we hear two other songs, one by Edith Brandell and other by the operatic Beverly Kirk, and then see two dance numbers. There is quite a bit to offer in just eight minutes....like watching a mini-musical.
It's very dated looking and sounding, of course, but it's cute in a way. Allyson came off the best, so it was no surprise that she was the only one who was or became a star. She had that quality. This was part of the "The Roaring Twenties" DVD.
Even though women finally got the vote in 1920, women were relegated to second class citizens behind men. This film short is a musical where June Allyson is Mayor of New York City. A world famous opera singer is coming to town. This light musical short indicates that women were still not perceived as equals in a male dominated society. New York City still hasn't had a female mayor to this day. The music is sweet and light hearted. There is not much of storyline but it is entertaining. June Allyson is terrific in the role. The other singers also do a wonderful job. If the film was meant to entertain, it did a good job. As for enlightenment or education, it displayed how women were relegated to love interests, comedic characters, but never equals to women in politics.
All Girl Revue (1940)
*** (out of 4)
Innocent and charming enough one-reeler has the Mayor (June Allyson) having an all girl day and making every government position help by a lady. What do they do with it? We get several music numbers as the ladies sing and dance for nine-minutes. There's not too much to this film plot wise but it's still pretty entertaining as the short runs by very quickly and has some good music as well. The highlight, and what's going to bring people in, is Allyson who really gets to shine here. Her voice is perfect and the songs suit her quite well. She has a certain charm and innocence that really works well here and she's certainly tthe magic to the film. Fans of hers will want to check this out and if you don't know who she is, this here will leave an impression on you.
Short about what happens when girls (women) are allowed to rule an
unnamed town for a day. June Allyson is the mayor and sets out to make
the city more pretty (!!). It seems a famous (unnamed) opera singer
(Beverly Kirk) is visiting the town that day and they want to make it
perfect for her.
The short itself is harmless fun. 95% of the dialogue is sung and all the songs are tuneful it instantly forgettable. It also has a truly jaw-dropping tap dancing number in a train station. This also has some forgotten female dancing and singing acts. So it's fun as a harmless little short and also as a reminder of some really great female singers and dancers.
About the only reason to see this film is if you are a die-hard June Allyson fan, as she plays the lead in this practically plot less musical. Ostensibly, the plot is about the men giving the women control of the city government for the day and June is the acting mayor. But absolutely nothing is done with this plot...nothing...well, apart from making women look bad when she demands a mirror in the office because ladies, apparently, MUST have this and aren't really serious about work. Instead of developing this, however, there's one song and a crazy song and dance number. In other words, they totally sacrificed plot in order to shove a lot of music into the picture. It's not terrible...but sure is lacking the qualities you need to make it worth seeking. Not terrible...but not very good either.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
It wouldn't be too hard to set aside eight minutes in your day to catch
this lively musical number. It's upbeat and entertaining and features
June Allyson as an unnamed city's 'Mayor For a Day', her position
earning a comment when someone hinted that she was only going to be a
day mayor. Her retort - 'at least I'm not a nightmare'.
Other prominent females in the show include Edith Brandell as the 'Information Please' lady, and Beverly Kirk as a visiting opera singer. My favorite act in this quickie was the spirited train station choreography of the dancing troupe, offering up a uniquely inspired imitation of a train rolling in. The fast paced short definitely qualifies as a musical since it's song and dance in it's entirety. You can have some fun with this one.
THE GIRLS HAVE taken over the town and this is a musical. With those
two premises' being established, the one reeler short landed on its
feet, hit the ground running and stayed its course to the end. (So
Schultz, how's that for using multiple clichés?)
WHEN WE FIRST viewed this on Turner Classic Movies a few days ago, we must confess that we were ignorant of the fact that the perky and beautiful young woman who was cast as "the Mayor" was perky and beautiful June Allison. Hers is the only name that we recognize in the credits and her performance bode well in showcasing what would be her definite "Star Quality."
PERHAPS SOMEONE GOT the idea to do this by crossing the standard "Boys Day at City Hall" plot with the females only policy as displayed in the film version of the Clare Booth Luce play, THE WOMEN (MGM, 1939). (Just a hunch, Schultz.)
OTHER THAN THAT, there is not really a lot to recommend this and it seems to race along at a very merry rate, but not fast enough for Schultz and myself. Perhaps a little 1940's style 'cheesecake' and good old fashioned titillation would have livened things up a bit.
The only reason for watching this very dated musical short is the
chance to see JUNE ALLYSON just a few years before she made her big
movie star debut in "Best Foot Forward" at MGM.
This is a drab looking Warner musical short with June as the Mayor for a Day who wants to "Make the City Pretty" and joins the other gals for a reception to honor the arrival of Madame Beverly, an opera singer (BEVERLY KIRK). There's also a musical moment at Grand Central where a chorus line of girls do a tap routine imitating the shuffling noise of a train getting set for departure.
None of it is really interesting enough to make it an item I'd recommend, but fans of June Allyson will be able to sit through it just to watch the perky actress before stardom.
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