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When Jimmie Monahan's father is absent to aid the war effort, young Jimmie works hard to lift his family's spirits. Finding he has a dancing and musical talent he organizes a show at the nearby aircraft plant to raise morale.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home was an enjoyable World War II musical comedy
After being a little disappointed in seeing Donald O'Connor not having much of a dancing showcase in either Private Buckaroo or Get Hep to Love, it's finally gratifying seeing him really cutting the rug here with Peggy Ryan doing so many turns with him during those sequences. Operatic singer Gloria Jean also joins in with them in her more demure way. Allan Jones and Jane Frazee also sing a couple of wonderful love duets here. Then there's the luminous and exciting charm of the Phil Spitalny and his "Hour of Charm" All-Girl Orchestra with Evelyn and her Magic Violin. Also, The Four Step Brothers do tap dance up a storm with their athletic spins and somersaults. Never mind the story which relates to the World War II period, just enjoy the variety of musical performances in When Johnny Comes Marching Home. P.S. The print I saw had the final number in washed out tones with the volume a little lower though you could still hear a little clearly even then.
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