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Something for the Boys (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 1 November 1944 (USA)
The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carmen Miranda ... Chiquita Hart
Michael O'Shea ... Sergeant Ronald 'Rocky' Fulton
Vivian Blaine ... Blossom Hart
Phil Silvers ... Harry Hart
Sheila Ryan ... Melanie Walker
Perry Como ... Sergeant Laddie Green
Glenn Langan ... Lieutenant Ashley Crothers
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The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas proves to be a "termite trap" and tax liability. Fortunately, Sgt. Rocky Fulton from a nearby army camp appears with a plan to convert the place to a hotel for army wives; but to pay bills until then, they decide to put on a show. Of course, romantic and military complications intervene... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a parade of rhythm, song and romance, set to a Cole Porter score! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria, Rapazes See more »

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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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Trivia

The original Broadway production of 'Something For The Boys' opened in the Alvin Theater on January 7, 1943 starring Ethel Merman and ran for 422 performances. See more »

Quotes

Harry Hart: This place has everything!
Blossom Hart: Sure. Just rap on the woodwork and the termites will come out and welcome you.
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Soundtracks

SOUTHLAND
Written by Phil Silvers, Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
(With excerpts from Southern standards)
Performed by Phil Silvers
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Mixed Results
21 September 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Mild musical boosted by Miranda's sheer pizazz. I love that wacky part where her tooth tunes into a radio station. Heck, that's even better than an iPhone. It's a TCF production, which means well-stocked production numbers with lots of girls kicking up their heels. I guess that's what they mean by the title. Then there's Phil Silvers doing an early version of Sgt. Bilko and talking faster than a machine gun spits bullets, along with a fetching Vivian Blaine as eye candy. And catch a young Perry Como doing his tunes in typically sleepy time fashion.

But a chuncky O'Shea seems an odd choice of leading man for a musical. Nonetheless, this was wartime, so the leading man pool was limited. All in all, the songs may not be memorable, while, the script underplays the promising premise. Still, there's Miranda doing her wacky bit, plus lots of colorful stage bits, and a share of chuckles. So the musical may not be front-rank, but does have its compensations, and even now, remains 'something for the boys'.


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