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Two Girls and a Sailor
     

Two Girls and a Sailor

Director: Richard Thorpe, Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria de Haven

Cast: Richard Thorpe, Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria de Haven

 

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Two Girls and a Sailor is another of those all-star, no-plot wartime musicals turned out by the bushel basket in the 1940s. Its lack of nuance does not lessen its entertainment value in the least. Gloria DeHaven and June Allyson play a couple of well-meaning sisters who stage their own USO shows in their apartment for the benefit of visiting servicemen. They'd

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Two Girls and a Sailor is another of those all-star, no-plot wartime musicals turned out by the bushel basket in the 1940s. Its lack of nuance does not lessen its entertainment value in the least. Gloria DeHaven and June Allyson play a couple of well-meaning sisters who stage their own USO shows in their apartment for the benefit of visiting servicemen. They'd like to expand their show, so GI Van Johnson, who happens to be a millionaire, buys an empty factory and has it converted into a canteen. A trivial love triangle develops, but who cares? Bring on the stars! In the case of Two Girls and a Sailor, the celebrity lineup includes Jimmy Durante, Lena Horne, Jose Iturbi, Xavier Cugat, Grace Allen (performing her immortal "Concerto for Index Finger"), Harry James, Helen Forrest, and, in an amusing uncredited cameo, Buster Keaton (Also: keep a sharp eye out for Ava Gardner)

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The 1930's and 1940's produced quite a few musical films that pretended to be "book" musicals but which really were revues onto which the thinnest of storylines was grafted. Two Girls and a Sailor is one of these, and as a result, the script -- despite an incredible Best Screenplay Oscar nomination -- is of negligible interest. (It does, however, contain some entertaining and amusing dialogue.) What matters here are the performers and their material, and there's plenty to keep a musical fan occupied for two hours. June Allyson and Gloria de Haven, as the two girls of the title, are lively, perky and engaging, and their personalities and voices both blend very well. Allyson's "Young Man with a Horn" (accompanied by the great Harry James and featuring a nifty jitterbug by Allyson) is a real keeper, as is de Haven's piano-top "My Mother Told Me," and their "A Love Like Ours" is lovely. Among the guests, Lena Horne delivers a stellar "Paper Doll," Jimmy Durante works magic with his classic "Inka Dinka Doo," Helen Forrest tears through "In a Moment of Madness," and Gracie Allen brings down the house with her "Concerto for Index Finger." George Stall has provided zippy arrangements (for those numbers not performed by one of the established bands present), Sammy Lee's choreography is peppy and diverting, and Robert Surtees finds a few moments to work in a few interesting camera shots. Two Girls is titanically inconsequential, but quite pleasant.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
UPC:
0883316163450
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
9,113

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Performance Credits
Van Johnson John Dyckman Brown III
June Allyson Patsy Deyo
Gloria DeHaven Jean Deyo
Jimmy Durante Billy Kipp
Lena Horne Specialty
José Iturbi Himself
Tom Drake Frank Miller
Henry Stephenson John Dyckman Brown I
Henry O'Neill John Dyckman Brown II
Ben Blue Ben
Carlos Ramirez Carlos
Frank Sully Pvt. Adams
Albert Coates Himself
Donald Meek Mr. Nizby
Virginia O'Brien Herself
Frank Jenks Dick Deyo
Helen Forrest Actor
Lina Romay Herself
Harry Adams Actor
Lynn Arlen Actor
Lee Bennett Friend
Ruth Cherrington Stout Lady
Fred Coby Sailor
Xavier Cugat Himself
William Frambes Boy Vaudevillian
Ava Gardner Rockette Girl
Charles Hayes Man in Evening Clothes
Harry James Himself
Eilene Janssen Patsy
Sheldon Jett Fat Man
Eddie Kane Headwaiter
Buster Keaton Durante's Son
Nolan Leary Durante's Double
Billy Lechner Actor
Sandra Lee Jean
Don Loper Small Town Wolf
Thomas Louden Butler
Peggy Maley Girl
Doreen McCann Patsy
Ed Mortimer Middle-aged Folk
Leo Mostovoy Waiter
Diana Mumby Actor
Shelby Payne Cigarette Girl
Gigi Perreau Actor
Fred Rapport Captain of Waiters
Mickey Rentschler Actor
Joan Thorsen Gladys Deyo
Arthur Walsh Lonesome Soldier
Doodles Weaver Soldier
Eve Whitney Bejeweled Woman
Wilde Twins Actor
Kay Williams Girl Flirt
Florence Wix Actor
Joe Yule Carpenter
Gracie Allen Concerto Number

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Kay Thompson Arranger
George Boemler Editor
Richard Connell Screenwriter
Kay Dean Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Sammy Lee Choreography
Gladys Lehman Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Surtees Cinematographer

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