Something for the Boys

Something for the Boys

Director: Lewis Seiler

Cast: Carmen Miranda, Michael O'Shea, Vivian Blaine

     
 
The Cole Porter Broadway musical Something for the Boys was brought to the screen by 20th Century Fox with three new non-Porter tunes thrown in. The dated libretto (by Herbert and Dorothy Fields) involves a crumbling Southern plantation which is converted into a home for servicemen's wives. Running the operation are three cousins: Michael O'Shea, Vivian Blaine,

Overview

The Cole Porter Broadway musical Something for the Boys was brought to the screen by 20th Century Fox with three new non-Porter tunes thrown in. The dated libretto (by Herbert and Dorothy Fields) involves a crumbling Southern plantation which is converted into a home for servicemen's wives. Running the operation are three cousins: Michael O'Shea, Vivian Blaine, and, from the South American branch of the family, Carmen Miranda. When money runs out, the threesome contrive to put on a fundraising show -- which of course looks far too expensive to break even, but since Carmen Miranda's in the picture, who knows. Perry Como makes his movie debut in Something for the Boys singing a handful of pleasant songs, while Judy Holliday shows up in a funny bit as a defense-plant welder with peculiar dental problems.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Something for the Boys is big on legs, short on story and somewhere in the middle on talent. Boys is another one of those "what were they thinking" musical adaptations in which the filmmakers took a Broadway show which was dependent totally upon its score and star for its appeal and then jettisoned both for the film version. Truth to tell, the screenplay isn't all that faithful to the not-terribly-memorable book of the stage show either, meaning that basically it has little in common with its source other than the title. Part of Cole Porter's original title song is kept, but the rest of his typically risqué score has been scrapped in favor of some pleasant but fairly flavorless contributions from Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, among others. Fortunately, Boys does have a trio of entertaining personalities to keep things lively. Vivian Blaine sings and dances her way through a few numbers quite well and is generally pleasing. Phil Silvers brings his unique comic persona to the proceedings, and Carmen Miranda brings her outrageous over-the-top accent and appearance to make sure things are kept moving. There's also nice vocal support from Perry Como, even if he doesn't impart too much to his songs dramatically. The color is lush, the dances are nimble and the costumes and settings diverting. Not especially memorable, but Boys is at least an amiable way to pass the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
UPC:
0024543520078
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Carmen Miranda the girl from rio documentary; Trailers; Still photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carmen Miranda Chiquita Hart
Michael O'Shea Staff Sgt. Rocky Fulton
Vivian Blaine Blossom Hart
Phil Silvers Harry Hart
Perry Como Sgt. Laddie Green
Sheila Ryan Melanie Walker
Glenn Langan Lt. Ashley Crothers
Roger Clark Lieutenant
Cara Williams Secretary
Thurston Hall Col. Jefferson L. Calhoun
Clarence Kolb Col. Grubbs
Paul Hurst Defense plant foreman
Andrew Tombes Southern Colonel
Eddie Acuff Soldier
Murray Alper Soldier
Rory Calhoun Soldier
Judy Holliday 1st Girl/Defense Plant
Jane Nigh Army wife

Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Nick Castle Choreography
Robert Ellis Screenwriter
Frank Gabrielson Screenwriter
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Helen Logan Screenwriter
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Irving Starr Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Something for the Boys
1. Main Titles (Something for the Boys) [1:34]
2. The Heir Harry Hart [1:38]
3. Something for the Boys [1:53]
4. Some Cash for Chiquita [2:03]
5. Card Sharks [1:06]
6. Not Quite Kissin' Cousins [4:00]
7. A Louse in the House [2:59]
8. Wouldn't it be Nice? [:34]
9. Welcome to Magnolia Manor [7:30]
10. I Wish We Didn't Have to Say Goodnight [3:02]
11. Things get Rocky [3:28]
12. Entertainment for All [1:25]
13. Eighty Miles Outside of Atlanta [4:45]
14. Batuca Nega [1:50]
15. In the Middle of Nowhere [4:14]
16. The Day After [1:51]
17. Off Limits! [:05]
18. Radui Chiquita [3:13]
19. I Wish we Didn't Have to Say Goodnight (Reprise) [5:46]
20. Southland [5:20]
21. Climbin' up Dem Golden Stairs [3:27]
22. You are Nuts [4:30]
23. O.C.S. Material [4:41]
24. Samba-Boogie [1:34]

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