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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance, War | 19 August 1943 (Australia)
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jo Hayden
... Jimmy K. Metcalf
... Harry Palmer
... Eve Minard (as Marta Eggerth)
... Sid Simms
... 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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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Me and My Gal  »

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Budget:

$802,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,371,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland's costume in the "Ballin' the Jack" number was originally worn by Eleanor Powell in Lady Be Good (1941) in a scene that was eventually deleted. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, the date of 1916 is shown. Later in the film it mentions the liner Lusitania being sunk. The timing is off because the ship was sunk in May of 1915. See more »

Quotes

Harry Palmer: Right up to this minute, my only claim to fame: you were once my girl.
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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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Referenced in Summer Stock: Get Happy! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

For Me and My Gal
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on piano (with background orchestra) by Judy Garland (uncredited) and sung and danced by her and Gene Kelly (uncredited)in a coffee shop
Reprised by Judy Garland (uncredited), Gene Kelly (uncredited) and chorus at the end
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What a Tearjerker!
13 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

If this movie was simply Gene Kelly and Judy Garland exchanging quips (the "Hello Springtime!" bit is especially good) and singing and dancing in a coffee shop, then it would still be entertaining. But that's really not all it is. This movie is more like a drama/romance than a musical, in the way that there are some songs, very good ones, but there is more story than numbers. Yes, the idea is an old one, but there are a few twists that distinguish it from any other wartime romance. (Don't go expecting The Maltese Falcon though.) The little plot weaknesses are forgotten as the actors (particularly Garland) hold it all together. I cried twice, and I almost never cry at movies. I fully recommend For Me and My Gal, unless you're dead-set on a tear-free day.


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