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Meet the People (1944)

A idealistic shipyard worker interests a beautiful Hollywood star in staging a musical tribute to the war industry, but they disagree on some important issues.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

Sol Barzman (short story), Ben Barzman (short story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Julie Hampton
Dick Powell ... William 'Swanee' Swanson
Virginia O'Brien ... 'Woodpecker' Peg
Bert Lahr ... The Commander
Rags Ragland ... Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
June Allyson ... Annie
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra ... Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Spike Jones and His City Slickers ... Spike Jones' City Slickers
Steven Geray ... Uncle Felix (as Steve Geray)
Paul Regan Paul Regan ... 'Buck'
Howard Freeman ... Mr. George Peetwick
Betty Jaynes ... Steffi
John Craven ... John Swanson
Morris Ankrum ... Monte Rowland
Miriam LaVelle Miriam LaVelle ... Miriam - Acrobatic Dancer
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Storyline

Shipyard worker Bill Swanson writes a wartime play celebrating the American spirit. He meets theatre actress Julie Hampton, visiting the shipyard on a bond drive, and convinces her to read his patriotic opus. Enthusiastic at its potential, Julie is able to get the show produced, but Bill is dismayed when he discovers that its being turned into a musical. Withdrawing his option, he returns to his day job, but Julie isn't to be put off so easily. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents the gayest musical!


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Conozca a la gente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,302,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A further Lane/Harburg song, "Thank You, Columbus" was recorded but not used. "Song of the Bayou" by Rube Bloom was also planned for inclusion, but not used. See more »

Goofs

Director Charles Reisner's name was incorrectly spelled in the main credits as "Riesner". See more »

Quotes

The Commander: You must come up and launch with me sometime.
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Connections

Referenced in Batman: The Animated Series: Harlequinade (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Fuehrer's Face
(1942) (uncredited)
Written by Oliver Wallace
Instrumental performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
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The Spike Jones sequence alone is worth it.
28 October 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

This is typical wartime let's-pull-together propaganda, and it's very entertaining. A tour-de-force with a great cast, leading to a riotous "Heil, Schicklgruber!" sequence with the fabulous Spike Jones entourage, and a sieg-heiling chimpanzee as Adolf Hitler! It holds up well today as both great entertainment and as a glimpse into the national mood of the time. Highly recommended to all!


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