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Follow the Boys (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 5 May 1944 (USA)
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During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »

Directors:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Eddie Sutherland), John Rawlins (uncredited)

Writers:

Lou Breslow (original screen play), Gertrude Purcell (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Tony West
Vera Zorina ... Gloria Vance
Grace McDonald ... Kitty West
Charley Grapewin ... Nick West
Ramsay Ames ... Laura
Charles Butterworth ... Louie Fairweather
Elizabeth Patterson ... Annie
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Henderson
George Macready ... Walter Bruce
Jeanette MacDonald ... Jeanette MacDonald
Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show ... Mercury Wonder Show
Marlene Dietrich ... Marlene Dietrich
Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore
Donald O'Connor ... Donald O'Connor
Peggy Ryan ... Peggy Ryan
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Storyline

During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were meant as morale-boosters to both the troops overseas and the civilians at home. This was Universal Pictures' effort. It features everyone from Donald O'Connor to the Andrews Sisters to Orson Welles to W.C. Fields to George Raft to Marlene Dietrich, and dozens of other Universal players. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Come Together For A Great Cause!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Cheers for the Boys See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Decca Records star Bing Crosby, who did not appear in this film, combined with The Andrews Sisters on two "Billboard"-charting songs featured in the score: "Vic'try Polka" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), sung in the picture at the conclusion of a greatest-hits medley by 'The Andrews Sisters, a number-five "Billboard" tune in 1943; and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)" (music and lyrics by Louis Jordan and Billy Austin (I)), performed in the movie by Mr. Jordan singing with his orchestra, a number-two "Billboard" ditty for Crosby and the trio in 1944. On their own, the Andrews Sisters waxed for Decca and then repeated in this film a jivey song of farewell, "Shoo-Shoo" Baby" (music and lyrics by Phil Moore). Between late December 1943 and mid-April 1944, the sisters' 78 ranked as high as #3 among the "Billboard"-charting singles. Placing alongside was the Ella Mae Morse cut of "Shoo-Shoo Baby" on Capitol. In another musical from Universal, South of Dixie (1944), Ella gave out with her rendition. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Vance: You have no inhibitions, have you?
Tony West: I can't afford them.
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Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Entertainment and WW2
2 April 2002 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

This is a very good movie to see for the entertainers who are really the stars here. Plus you get a real good feel for the organization that went into getting all of the stars to the troops. This is a good look at history from the standpoint of getting to see the stars of the 1940s. Good music too. 7/10


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