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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.

Director:

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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She's a Yankee Doodle Girlie ! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

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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 and Gene Kelly got along quite well with Garland backing up Kelly when he had arguments with director Busby Berkeley who she disliked. See more »

Goofs

Jo's YWCA uniform (like much of her clothing in the latter half of the film) is characteristic of World War II, when the film was released, and not World War I, in which it is set. Her uniform's shoulders are too broad and the skirt too short, and she is wearing sheer stockings and pumps instead of opaque stockings and high boots or oxfords. See more »

Quotes

Harry Palmer: Right up to this minute, my only claim to fame: you were once my girl.
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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 The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do We Go from Here?
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Percy Wenrich and Howard Johnson
Sung by Judy Garland, The King's Men and chorus in the YMCA theater in France
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grown-up Judy catches Gene in uniform
24 July 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Notable for two things: the first adult role for Judy Garland (then just out of her teens), and debut of Gene Kelly, who had previously made an impact on Broadway as Pal Joey. George Murphy also appears as a kind of second-string lead, and one suspects much of his original part went to Kelly as filming progressed.

Directed by Busby Berkeley, but without his usual musical sequence flourishes, the plot is focused on the war, specifically the need for able-bodied men to serve rather than squander their lives on selfish pursuits. This means, for Kelly and Garland, putting aside their dreams of vaudeville fame as a team in favour of the greater good.

The stars have great chemistry – in their two duets, the title song and ‘If You Wore A Tulip', there is a gaiety and charm which would continue throughout their further collaborations through the forties. Garland shines as you always knew she would from her pictures as a child, and Kelly has the charisma in spades which would put him at the forefront of the golden age of musicals.


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