Meet the People

Meet the People

Director: Charles "Chuck" Riesner

Cast: Charles "Chuck" Riesner, Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, Virginia O'Brien

     
 

MGM's musical extravaganza Meet the People top-bills two future powerful TV executives: Dick Powell and Lucille Ball. Ball plays a popular but stuck-up Broadway star who leaves the bright lights to become a welder in a shipyard. Here she meets and falls in love with coworker Powell. This being a wartime musical, the plotline is periodically abandoned for the…  See more details below

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MGM's musical extravaganza Meet the People top-bills two future powerful TV executives: Dick Powell and Lucille Ball. Ball plays a popular but stuck-up Broadway star who leaves the bright lights to become a welder in a shipyard. Here she meets and falls in love with coworker Powell. This being a wartime musical, the plotline is periodically abandoned for the guest-star turns of the likes of Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Vaughn Monroe, and Mata and Hari. Buried beneath this cornucopia of corn is a stage play by Louis Lantz, upon which Meet the People was supposedly based. (Note: some sources mistakenly list Edward Dmytrk as the director of this film).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A "B" musical that is worth watching for its talented cast, Meet the People will strike many modern audiences as being a bit "hokey," especially in the way it hits people over the head with its preachy message about the "common man." It's a worthy sentiment, but People hammers the point home a bit too obviously. Take away the point, however, and what's left is a very standard-issue boy/girl misunderstanding set among a typical backstage setting. So forget about the plot and sit back and enjoy the personalities on parade. First and foremost, of course, is Lucille Ball, at this point in her career a true beauty who knew her way around a comic line but who had not yet been consigned solely to comedic roles. She looks stunning, and it's fun to see her playing a part that is not so much like all the characters she played during her tremendously successful television career. Dick Powell is also on hand to wrap his sturdy light tenor around a few songs and to balance Ball in the boy/girl equation. Throw in the deadpan Virginia O'Brien, the anything-but-deadpan Bert Lahr and a young and appealing June Allyson, along with the antics of Spike Jones, and the result is a mindless but enjoyable little tuner.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
UPC:
0883316164785
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
15,951

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lucille Ball Julie Hampton
Dick Powell William "Swanee" Swanson
Virginia O'Brien "Woodpecker" Peg
Bert Lahr The Commander
Rags Ragland Mr. Smith
June Allyson Annie
Steven Geray Uncle Felix
Paul Regan 'Buck'
Howard Freeman Mr. Peetwick
Betty Jaynes Steffi
John Craven John Swanson
Morris Ankrum Monte Rowland
Miriam Lavelle Miriam
Barbara Bedford Actor
Leon Belasco Dress Designer
Robert Blake Jimmy, Age 7
Karin [Katharine] Booth Actor
Hazel Brooks Actor
Natalie Draper Actor
Russell Gleason Bill
Creighton Hale Hotel Clerk
Dickie Hall Billy, Age 5
Myron Healey Marine
King Sisters Specialty
Peggy Maley Actor
Mary McLeod Girl
Kay Medford Mrs. Smith
Roger Moore Chauffeur
Patsy Moran Homely Girl
Noreen Nash Actor
Robert E. O'Connor Attendant
Joey Ray Dance Director
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Pullman Porter
Celia Travers Secretary
Pat West Man
Eve Whitney Actor
Kay Williams Actor
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Specialty
Thelma Joel Actor
Linda Deane Actor
Erin O'Kelly Actor
Vaughn Monroe Himself
Spike Jones Orchestra Actor
Donna King Conkling Actor

Technical Credits
Charles "Chuck" Riesner Director
Ben Barzman Screenwriter
Jack Donohue Choreography
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Producer
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Sig Herzig Screenwriter
Louis Lantz Original Story
Sammy Lee Choreography
Fred Saidy Screenwriter
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Alex Troffey Editor
Charles Walters Choreography

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