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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance, War | 2 August 1943 (Argentina)
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

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Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Howard Emmett Rogers (story), Richard Sherman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Jo Hayden
George Murphy ... Jimmy K. Metcalf
Gene Kelly ... Harry Palmer
Mártha Eggerth ... Eve Minard (as Marta Eggerth)
Ben Blue ... Sid Simms
Stephen McNally ... Mr. Waring (as Horace McNally)
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Storyline

Set during WW I, Palmer and Hayden team up as vaudeville artists. Harry Palmer deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted to the army. Later, he makes up for this. WW I patriotism for a WW II audience, very sentimental, great musical episodes and songs. Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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Greatest musical show ever to thrill your heart! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 August 1943 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Time See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$802,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,371,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Quine, who plays Judy Garland's med-student-soldier brother, later moved behind the camera and directed such films as "The Solid Gold Cadillac," "Bell Book and Candle," "The World of Suzie Wong," "Sex and the Single Girl," "How to Murder Your Wife," etc. See more »

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When Harry and Jo are dancing together in the coffee shop after seeing Jimmy off on the train, a curl of Jo's hair comes loose and falls onto her forehead. At one point in the dance, when she turns her back to the camera, you can see her try to brush it back into place, but it's still loose. Immediately after the dance, though, as the cashier is applauding, the curl is firmly affixed back in place. See more »

Quotes

Harry Palmer: You think anything's going to stand in the way of us playing the Palace this time? Oh no, not even a war.
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Crazy Credits

A picture of an infantry soldier in New York harbor and the text "America needs your money. Buy war bonds and stamps at this theatre." See more »

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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me Daddy
(1916) (uncredited)
Written by Joseph M. Verges
Sung by Judy Garland in an act
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A great musical
20 January 2000 | by CalystaSee all my reviews

The classic plot of girl refuses guy only to fall in love with him later is at work again. When the girl happens to be Judy Garland, one of the top box office draws and the MGM triple threat of extraordinarily talented singer, actress and dancer, it kind of changes the whole perspective. In the MGM heavens there are no leading men who can match her on screen stature.

To solve that problem, she gets two leading men. Before World War 1, the vaudeville girl has to choose between two partners. George Murphy and Gene Kelly. Fresh from Broadway success with "Pal Joey", Mr Kelly makes his movie debut in "For Me and My Gal" and it is nothing short of memorable. It was time the world saw that Hollywood dancers wore something other than white tails and top hat, like Mr Astaire.

The screenplay is slight. It hardly matters, because World War 1 is enough of a threat to forward the story anyway. All elements of drama and tear jerking romance are there. For a routine musical at MGM, we expect our happy 40s story, all complete with happy ending, plus the usual congenial mix of complications along the way. And with direction from Busby Berkley, great 1915s songs and two of the greatest musical stars in the mix, we certainly get our happy ending.

Today it stands out because of its musical quality and excellent conception of production. They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore.

Rating: 8/10


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