Review: ‘Two Girls and a Sailor’

Weakness of story, a very thin one in this instance, reduces Two Girls and a Sailor to little more than a salmagundi of band numbers by Harry James and Xavier Cugat, with their soloists, plus Jimmy Durante, of whom there isn't enough, and various other specialties ranging from Lena Horne to the concert pianist Jose Iturbi. It is too long and generally slow.

Weakness of story, a very thin one in this instance, reduces Two Girls and a Sailor to little more than a salmagundi of band numbers by Harry James and Xavier Cugat, with their soloists, plus Jimmy Durante, of whom there isn’t enough, and various other specialties ranging from Lena Horne to the concert pianist Jose Iturbi. It is too long and generally slow.

June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven play a sister act, featured in a few short numbers. Headliners at a nightclub with the James and Cugat orchestras, they turn their home into a place where servicemen may be entertained after they’re through with their nitery chores.

Allyson turns in a very fine performance despite the poorness of the script, which also is true of Van Johnson, opposite her as the sailor boy.

1944: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay

Two Girls and a Sailor

Production

M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Joe Pasternak; Screenplay Richard Connell, Gladys Lehman; Camera Robert Surtees; Editor George Boemler; Music George Stoll; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 124 MIN.

With

Van Johnson June Allyson Gloria de Haven Jimmy Durante Lena Horne Jose Iturbi
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