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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance, War | 2 August 1943 (Argentina)
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

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Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Howard Emmett Rogers (story), Richard Sherman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Jo Hayden
George Murphy ... Jimmy K. Metcalf
Gene Kelly ... Harry Palmer
Mártha Eggerth ... Eve Minard (as Marta Eggerth)
Ben Blue ... Sid Simms
Stephen McNally ... Mr. Waring (as Horace McNally)
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Storyline

Set during WW I, Palmer and Hayden team up as vaudeville artists. Harry Palmer deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted to the army. Later, he makes up for this. WW I patriotism for a WW II audience, very sentimental, great musical episodes and songs. Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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The Greatest Romantic Musical . . . Ever ! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 August 1943 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Time See more »

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Budget:

$802,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland's costume in the "Ballin' the Jack" number was originally worn by Eleanor Powell in Lady Be Good (1941) in a scene that was eventually deleted. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, the date of 1916 is shown. Later in the film it mentions the liner Lusitania being sunk. The timing is off because the ship was sunk in May of 1915. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy K. Metcalf: You know what's been the matter with you? You've been walking around with a picture book villain in your pocket and every once in a while you take a look at it like it was a mirror.
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Crazy Credits

A picture of an infantry soldier in New York harbor and the text "America needs your money. Buy war bonds and stamps at this theatre." See more »

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Featured in An Evening with Gene Kelly (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Fred Fisher
[In the score at the start of the Chicago scenes]
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Gene Kelly's entry into movies
3 July 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

In 1943 Gene Kelly made "For Me And My Gal". It was a film starring that rising star of MGM Judy Garland, set in the years from 1915 - 1919. Garland wanted Kelly to appear in this film as her lover, Harry Palmer. It was an unusual film debut for Kelly, now recalled for his masterful dancing in musicals like "Singing In The Rain" and "An American In Paris". Instead, although it was a musical (using many tunes of the Tin Pan Alley period, it really was a character study. It looked at Kelly's opportunistic anti-hero, who does love Garland, but who is career centered to the point that he injures himself (he thinks it will be a slight injury) to avoid the draft.

It is a passably good film, due to the chemistry of the leads and such supporting film actors as Keenan Wynn (as Kelly's long suffering agent, who gets to tell him off), and George Murphy (as the would-be lover of Garland, who can't get her attention away from the unworthy Kelly).

The interest I have in the film is why Garland chose Kelly for this part. She apparently insisted that he be used for this film. The reason is that his biggest Broadway success was the 1941 show "Pal Joey", where he played the first anti-hero in Broadway history. Joey is a user of women, who wants to own a fancy nightclub in Chicago. He never rises above the sleazy dive he acts as M.C. at. He could be Harry Palmer's distant, slightly cousin. Garland would have seen Kelly play a role of a heel where he sang a golden flow of Rogers and Hart melodies, and do some good hoofing as well. It was the perfect "screen test" for Kelly to use to prove his ability to play Palmer. So he got his first role, and then went on to the major achievements of his career.


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