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Pin Up Girl (1944)

Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into ... See full summary »

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Lorry Jones aka Laura Lorraine
John Harvey John Harvey ... Tommy Dooley
Martha Raye ... Molly McKay
Joe E. Brown ... Eddie Hall
Eugene Pallette ... Barney Briggs
Skating Vanities Skating Vanities ... Specialty Skaters
Dorothea Kent ... Kay
Dave Willock ... Dud Miller
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Specialty Dancer (as Condos Brothers)
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Specialty Dancer (as Condos Brothers)
Charlie Spivak Charlie Spivak ... Orchestra Leader
Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra ... Orchestra (as Charlie Spivak Orchestra)
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Storyline

Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into government service (not, as she fantasizes, to join the USO). On a side trip to New York, her vivid imagination leads her to True Love with naval hero Tommy Dooley; but increasingly involved Musical Comedy Complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Your No. 1 BoxOffice Star In Her No. 1 BoxOffice Hit! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagine Us See more »

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Budget:

$1,615,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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If you see credits elsewhere for Frank and/or Harry Condos for this film, it likely came from bad information. Frank Condos and Nick Condos were the Condos Brothers in live performances from 1929 to the mid-30s, including 1 film in 1932. Harry was listed in a 1930 Playbill, but that's likely a misprint since Frank (also in the Playbill) was dancing with Nick at the time, and they took their act to Europe. All film credits after 1932 for Condos Brothers refer to brothers Nick and Steve Condos. See more »


Soundtracks

You're My Little Pin Up Girl
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by chorus, uncredited players, and Betty Grable
Danced by Nick Condos and Steve Condos
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Disappointing Grable musical probably charmed the socks off servicemen...
19 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Perhaps back then this was seen as a bright and bubbly tribute to the Armed Forces everywhere, but surely BETTY GRABLE deserved better material for a musical with a title like PIN UP GIRL. She's pretty and pert as a secretary whose romance with a soldier goes from Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Wins Girl in timeworn Hollywood fashion.

No help is the fact that MARTHA RAYE and JOE E. BROWN can usually be counted on to add gags and merriment to any film they're in. Here, they open their big mouths and nothing funny comes out.

The songs are weak, lacking interest even for Grable fans--with one exception. A nifty little number called "Once Too Often" has Betty doing a slit-skirt, torrid dance number with Hermes Pan, the famous choreographer who worked with Astaire and Rogers on many of their most famous routines. It's the only musical number worth staying awake for.

The climactic military number is a hoot, with Betty doing a parade of arms military drill that reminded me of my boot camp days.

Summing up: This is one you can afford to miss.


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