Story [by Howard Emmett Rogers] of vaudeville troupers before and during the First World War is obvious, naive and sentimental. It's also genuine and affectionate and lively.

Story [by Howard Emmett Rogers] of vaudeville troupers before and during the First World War is obvious, naive and sentimental. It’s also genuine and affectionate and lively.

Picture’s title is taken from one of the song numbers, the oldie, ‘For Me and My Gal.’ The tune that brings Judy Garland and Gene Kelly together, first as vaudeville team and ultimately as a romance, it gets a sock presentation in a song-and-dance routine by them.

The picture’s early scenes, as the vaudevillians tour the sticks and dream of some day playing the Palace, are colorful and convincing. Interpolated through them and the subsequent war sequences are numerous old faves, from ‘Beautiful Doll’ and ‘You Wore a Tulip’ to the World War I standbys, ‘Over There,’ ‘Long, Long Trail,’ ‘Oui, Oui, Marie’ and so on.

Garland is a knockout as the warm-hearted young song-and-dance girl, selling a number of the songs persuasively and getting by neatly in the hoofing routines with Kelly. George Murphy is ingratiating as Garland’s faithful but mute suitor, while Kelly gives a vividly drawn portrayal of the song-and-dance man and imperfect hero, practically another ‘Pal Joey’ character that he played so well on Broadway in the musical of that name.

For Me and My Gal

Production

M-G-M. Director Busby Berkeley; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Richard Sherman, Fred Finklehoffe, Sid Silvers; Camera William Daniels; Editor Ben Lewis; Music Georgie Stoll (dir.), Roger Edens (adapt.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Judy Garland George Murphy Gene Kelly Marta Eggerth Richard Quine Keenan Wynn
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