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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Corn is a commodity
By Drake Halstead
I purchased this to replace a failing VHS copy. That it had Harry James and the Andrew Sisters was the draw. It is as corny as it gets. If you love the images of the 40's big band era, the look and the talk, you'll not mind. The dance scene toward the end was quite naughty for the time. At least the girls' underpants were full coverage back then.
This movie was made for the young people of the time, to entertain them into the spirit of the war effort. Oh! By the way, there is Shemp Howard for "Stooges" fans. This movie has no great deeps. Cheap laughs, great music and dancing kids were all that were originally offered. Music plus visual images. It doesn't cost enough for you to agonize over the price. It's worth it if It's contents mentioned above rang your chimes in any way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
A true musical treat
By Gregg B. Holycross
I originally purchased this movie because I was looking for something that featured one of my favorite character actresses, Mary Wickes. I ended up getting much more than I bargained for. From the very first scene featuring the Andrews Sisters, to the patriotic ending with the fighter planes spelling USA in the air, this film will certainly keep you entertained. True, the story line is a little weak and the scene with the spy traps in the field seems totally out of place, but the quality of the music more than makes up for these shortcomings. The numbers featuring Harry James are simply outstanding, especially when Helen Forest is featured. I can't say enough good things about the Andrews Sisters. In addition to being very pretty and extremely good singers, their dancing and comedy numbers literally take my breath away. Joe Lewis and Shemp Howard are spot on with their comedy timings and the dance number featuring the Jivin' Jacks and Jills is great. Those kids could really dance, and they looked like they were having so much fun. I would really like to see more of them. I'll have to do some research to see if there are any other films available featuring them. My only minor criticism of the film is with the choice of Dick Foran to play Lon Prentiss. In my opinion, Frank Sinatra would have been much better playing that part.
I would like to point out that it was very uplifting to see Donald O'Connor and another young actor (don't know his name) as a couple of teenagers lying about their age in order to enlist in the army. I had heard that this was common in the 40's. However, when I was growing up in the 60's, most people lied about their age in order to avoid going into the military.
In short, this is a very entertaining look at a very different time in our country's history. If you can overlook the obvious weak points and just enjoy the music and dancing, this movie will prove to be well worth the price.
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Can anyone recommend what label has the best print?
By Brent Carleton
I just bought the Critics Choice version of this film for the "Jivan Jacks and Jills" dance routine to "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" but am very disappointed in the print quality. It's faded with poor contrast and breaks during the aforementioned dance sequence. Can anyone out there recommend what label has the best print available for this film? The number choreographed by Louis Da Pron is fabulous. And for that matter, so are the same groups' routines in "What's Cookin?" made around the same time. Can anyone recommend a print source for that too? Appreciate your help.