Prime trouble with Follow the Boys is its over-generosity. The running time shows that a good thing can be overdone.
Prime trouble with Follow the Boys is its over-generosity. The running time shows that a good thing can be overdone.Charles K. Feldman, Hollywood agent and ‘package’ producer, who was prominent in Hollywood Victory Committee and allied USO-Camp Shows activities, conceived the idea of glorifying the professional undertaking with which he was long associated and familiar. The sum total is a highly entertaining film package. Plot after a spell wears thin. George Raft and Vera Zorina, as the married stars, part because of what seems a rather thin reason. But from this is motivated Raft’s preoccupation with organizing the Hollywood Victory Committee, and thus are paraded Jeanette MacDonald, Orson Welles, Dietrich, Dinah Shore, W.C. Fields, Andrews Sisters, Artur Rubinstein, Carmen Amaya, Sophie Tucker, Delta Rhythm Boys, et al. Everybody does something, the songs running the gamut of the Hit Parade of three decades. Raft even gets in his ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, and W. C. Fields revives an almost forgotten pooltable scene he did in an earlier Ziegfeld Follies.
Follow the Boys
Universal. Director A. Edward Sutherland; Producer Charles K. Feldman; Screenplay Lou Breslow, Gertrude Purcell; Camera David Abel; Editor Fred R. Feltshans Jr; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director John B. Coodman, Harold H. MacArthur
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 122 MIN.
George Raft Vera Zorina George Macready Charles Butterworth Regis Toomey Grace McDonald