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Pin Up Girl (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 April 1944 (USA)
A U.S.O. singer poses as a Broadway star in order to attract a handsome war hero.

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 ... 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 ... 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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The All-American Pin Up Girl in a all-singing, all-dancing, all-laughing all-loving musical that's a dream come true! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Betty Grable was seven months pregnant when this musical was completed. See more »

Goofs

When the female troop marches down the stairs toward the end of the sequence; the troop halts and does a rifle maneuver. But Laura Lorraine, who had given a command for every previous rifle maneuver, did not do so for this last one, therefore, the troop should not have executed it and just stayed in a halt position. 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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Like Grable, it's pretty to look at. That's about it
1 October 2008 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Splashy Technicolor musical with Betty Grable and Martha Raye has beautiful photography, Grable's incredible legs--although they're not featured as much as you'd think they'd be, considering they were what she was most famous for--and not a whole lot more. The musical numbers are for the most part uninspired, and the casting of unknown John Harvey as Grable's romantic interest was a big mistake. He's a bland, not particularly good actor who tries too hard to be the peppy "boy next door" type and has no chemistry at all with Grable. Dorothea Kent as Grable's sidekick is enjoyable but for some reason she vanishes about halfway through the film. Martha Raye, as always, gives it her best but the songs they stuck her with are, to be charitable, pedestrian and, in the case of "Yankee Doodle Hayride", downright stupid. Grable's "Don't Carry Tales Out of School" is boring--I have no idea why it's performed two different times in the film, as it doesn't get better with repetition. Raye's "Red Robins, Bobwhites and Bluebirds" is a juvenile time-waster and she looks almost embarrassed performing it--the lyrics are childish and the song makes virtually no sense. Just about the only number that has any spark at all is "Once Too Often", which Grable dances with the great Hermes Pan. It's not one of his or Grable's best, but compared to the rest of the numbers in this picture, it's a masterpiece. Joe E. Brown is an acquired taste, which I haven't acquired, but if you like him I guess this is as good a place to see him as any. The tap-dancing Condos Brothers are good, there's a campy but somewhat entertaining roller-skating number early in the film and a very bizarre and really out-of-place sequence at the end where Betty is a drill sergeant putting a female drill team through a series of complicated marching routines--it's almost surreal to watch her carrying a sword and shouting "Dress that line, there!" and "Hup, hip, hoop, harch!"--but even that dose of wartime weirdness doesn't do much for the picture. Overall it's a lower-rank, by-the-numbers effort from people who've done far better. Worth a look maybe just so you can say you've seen it, but other than that, there's not much reason to spend any time on it.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,615,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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