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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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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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Budget:

$1,302,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play initially was performed in Los Angeles. It opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 25 December 1940, and closed on 10 May 1941 after 160 performances (considered a moderate hit). The opening night cast included Jack Albertson, Nanette Fabray, Jack Gilford, Peggy Ryan and Doodles Weaver. See more »

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The Rodgers and Hart song, "I Like To Recognize The Tune", was incorrectly titled "I'd Like To Recognize The Tune" in the main titles. See more »

Quotes

William 'Swanee' Swanson: [Hearing the cheers of the crowd who've been promised a kiss from the beautiful star] You hear that? That's the voice of the people!
Julie Hampton: [Sardonically] Sounds more like the call of the wild.
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Der Fuehrer's Face
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Written by Oliver Wallace
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Odds and Ends MGM had no use for tossed into a film you sleep through
1 January 2019 | by cougarblue-696-806128See all my reviews

Lucy has made a few musical stinkers, The Big Street, Du Barry was a Lady, Best Foot Forward, Meet the People is just one more to add to the list of forgettable classics. Yup partner, the old gang Virginia O'Brian, and June Allyson are there to support Lucy, Dick Powell takes over the position formerly held by Red Skelton, or Henry Fonda. As for the music, I'm not saying June Allyson and Virginia O'Brian can't sing, but after the 4th or 5th song you long for the pleasant and comforting sound of a dentist drill. The best part of the music comes from the ever entertaining Spike Jones. The plot centers on a WW II shipyard, in a Stage Door Canteen-ish way. However it's not all that important in this collection of dated gags, and unrelated songs. Lucy is the starlet visiting war industry locations to encourage the folks, Dick Powell ace riveter and unknown playwright, schemes his way to a date with Lucy wherein he presents his play. Will Lucy be impressed by the work of our riveter and bring in backers to actually get it staged? You need to see Meet the People to find out. Personally, I'm going to view The Harvey Girls one more time.


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