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The Gang’s All Here

A weak script [based on a screen story by Nancy Wintner, George Root Jr and Tom Bridges] is somewhat relegated by the flock of tuneful musical numbers that frequently punctuate the picture. Alice Faye has never been screened more fetchingly, and she still lilts a ballad for sock results. Carmen Miranda is given her fattest screen part to date, and she's a comedienne who can handle lines as well as put over her South American rhythm tunes. Phil Baker makes the most of invariably drab comedy lines, while Benny Goodman's orch is always prominently focused.

With:
Alice Faye Carmen Miranda Charlotte Greenwood Eugene Pallette Edward Everett Horton Phil Baker

A weak script [based on a screen story by Nancy Wintner, George Root Jr and Tom Bridges] is somewhat relegated by the flock of tuneful musical numbers that frequently punctuate the picture. Alice Faye has never been screened more fetchingly, and she still lilts a ballad for sock results. Carmen Miranda is given her fattest screen part to date, and she’s a comedienne who can handle lines as well as put over her South American rhythm tunes. Phil Baker makes the most of invariably drab comedy lines, while Benny Goodman’s orch is always prominently focused.

There’s a supporting cast, notably Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood and Edward Everett Horton, that generally backs up the principals niftily in this yarn of a romantic tangle involving Faye, Sheila Ryan and James Ellison. Latter plays a wealthy doughboy who makes a pitch for Faye, a nitery chorine, though engaged to wealthy Ryan.

The Leo Robin-Harry Warren tunes include several potentially exploitable ones, namely ‘A Journey to a Star’, which Miss Faye reprises a couple of times.

Of the cast, Miranda is outstanding, and the way she kicks around the English lingo affords much of the film’s comedy. Faye underplays as usual, but always clicko.

1943: Nomination: Best Color Art Direction

The Gang's All Here

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Busby Berkeley; Producer William LeBaron; Screenplay Walter Bullock; Camera Edward Cronjager; Editor Ray Curtiss; Music Alfred Newman, Charles Henderson (dir.); Art Director James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Alice Faye Carmen Miranda Charlotte Greenwood Eugene Pallette Edward Everett Horton Phil Baker

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