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A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.Written by
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While the film made Van Johnson and June Allyson a bona fide box office team, co-star Gloria DeHaven was unable to rise above the rank of supporting player. Largely based on this film's success, DeHaven had difficulty reconciling with the fact that she had not reached the pinnacle of Allyson and Johnson's stardom, which led her to turn down role after role at MGM, most notably amoral gold digger Pat McClellan, the part Patricia Marshall inherited in Good News (1947) -- not coincidentally an Allyson star vehicle. DeHaven spent much of her tenure at the studio on suspension, determined to play leading roles, even if nominal, in films such as Summer Holiday (1948) and The Yellow Cab Man (1950). See more »
The background for the opening credits is a drawing of a stage with part of the proscenium arch and curtain visible on the left side of the screen. As each credit is shown a caricature representing that person or persons appears on the stage near the bottom of the screen. See more »
Perky June Allyson and lovely Gloria DeHaven are two vaudevillians given a chance to open their own canteen for military personnel by a mysterious benefactor. The very thin plot revolves around this simple premise and at over two hours running time it becomes very stretched indeed. However, as this is an MGM movie, there is much to enjoy thanks to the plethora of studio talent involved. The highlights for me were gorgeous Virginia O'Brien doing her usual 'deadpan' number, June Allyson's terrific 'Young Man With A Horn', beautiful Lena Horne singing 'Paper Doll' and who could resist Jimmy Durante performing 'Inka Dinka Doo'? The production is lavish with huge sets, hundreds of extras and fabulous costumes. The bizarre dream sequence is quite eye-popping and even includes a fashion parade with some truly beautiful models. Quite an extravaganza!
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