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Follow the Boys (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 5 May 1944 (USA)
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During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were ... See full summary »

Directors:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Eddie Sutherland), John Rawlins (uncredited)

Writers:

Lou Breslow (original screen play), Gertrude Purcell (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Tony West
Vera Zorina ... Gloria Vance
Grace McDonald ... Kitty West
Charley Grapewin ... Nick West
Ramsay Ames ... Laura
Charles Butterworth ... Louie Fairweather
Elizabeth Patterson ... Annie
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Henderson
George Macready ... Walter Bruce
Jeanette MacDonald ... Jeanette MacDonald
Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show Orson Welles' Mercury Wonder Show ... Mercury Wonder Show
Marlene Dietrich ... Marlene Dietrich
Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore
Donald O'Connor ... Donald O'Connor
Peggy Ryan ... Peggy Ryan
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During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were meant as morale-boosters to both the troops overseas and the civilians at home. This was Universal Pictures' effort. It features everyone from Donald O'Connor to the Andrews Sisters to Orson Welles to W.C. Fields to George Raft to Marlene Dietrich, and dozens of other Universal players. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hollywood's Biggest Stars Come Together For A Great Cause!

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Comedy | Drama | Musical | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Cheers for the Boys See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was W.C. Fields's last filmed appearance. He had supported the war effort, but his health was declining. His billiards routine (using a trick table) was a crowd pleaser. Even though it had been filmed previously, Fields was paid $15,000 to perform the routine again on camera. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Vance: You have no inhibitions, have you?
Tony West: I can't afford them.
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Featured in Hollywood Remembers: Orson Welles See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel a Song Coming On
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and George Oppenheimer
Danced by Vera Zorina and male chorus, including George Raft
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"Close your eyes and I'll be there"
22 January 2001 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

It is difficult in the modern world of mega-entertainment to comprehend how little was available in 1944, especially for troops stationed in remote regions, at least if movies made during World War Two are any testimony. This movie is loaded with talent, singing what the "boys" wanted to hear. The plot is typical of USO movies, lots of entertaining and lots of appreciation. Dinah Shore's "I Promise You" and the Andrew Sisters' "Apple Blossom Time" must have put many minds at ease, at least for a short time. The film is worth seeing, especially when George Raft dances in the rain.


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