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For Me and My Gal

Judy Garland , George Murphy , Busby Berkeley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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"Say, he looks like an actor," says the platform conductor. And with that introduction, Gene Kelly steps off the train and into his film career. After starring on Broadway in Pal Joey, Kelly made his film debut in For Me and My Gal opposite Judy Garland, with the pair playing vaudeville performers who team up to find success and, of course, romance. But just when things are looking up, World War I intervenes, and Kelly has to take drastic measures to keep a promise and avoid the war, at least temporarily.

Bad move, Gene. Filmed in 1942, For Me and My Gal vigorously supports the war effort, including teaching Kelly the error of his ways. The old-time setting also allows for a basketful of nostalgic charmers, including "After You've Gone," "Oh You Beautiful Doll," and "Ballin' the Jack," and Kelly and Garland's crooning and tapping of the title tune is pure joy. --David Horiuchi

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Me and My Gal Sept. 19 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Another wonderful pairing of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly! I enjoyed it very much. The quality was great! I have a great love of
Musicals. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gene Kelly's smashing entrance to film Aug. 20 2009
He may be a little over the top by times, drifting back into the style of live theatre performance, but overall it's no surprise to me that this role brought Gene Kelly to the attention of appreciative movie audiences and helped begin an interesting and groundbreaking career.

Judy Garland rarely gave a bad performance in her early years, and this film is no exception- she's a wonderful combination of the savvy/cynical performer and the lovesick and heartbroken girl next door, a role she perfected over time. And together with Kelly, they're mesmerising.

This story is not your standard song and dance romance piece, and there's a bit of darkness and tragedy thrown in the mix just to keep you guessing.

I loved this movie and found it to be a surprising gem in a rockpile of dated "classic" films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars judygarland lovers Feb. 13 2006
If you are a Judy fan then you will love For Me And My Gal. Now i am only 12 years and i love her and just today i ordered a judy bio called judygarland bio and i can,t wait. Now in this movie judy is 20 beutiful and not a fat chubby teen like l.b. called her, but a beutiful 20 year old women. This is a great movie it is romantic and drama and musical built in one. Gene Kelly is in his first movie in this one and there is great dancing in this one. The best 2 songs you will enjoy in this movie are you beutiful doll and for me and my gal. so i hope you enjoy this movie if you buy it. and i do not think there are many 12 year olds who like judy so if a 12 year old likes it then maybye you will to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it too June 9 2004
I greatly dislike and resent reviewers who give away plots and endings. Why do they do it? This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. It is not a flag-waver and it does not sugar-coat war (rah-rah-America!), though as one reviewer mentioned, there is a note at the ending saying that war bonds would be sold in the lobby. War is hell. Everyone in it was wonderful, Garland actually kept right up with Kelly in the dancing, and she came across strong, professional and abundantly talented, all of which she is. (Incidentally, before Pal Joey, there was a straight play by Saroyan called The Time of Your Life which I think was Kelly's first big break (he danced), and before that a part in the chorus of a Porter musical called Leave It To Me, more than that I don't know.) The movie is singing and dancing from stem to stern, all wonderful, all Garland and/or Kelly, and I loved every minute of it. The directing was also good, though I'm no judge of that kind of thing, but it struck me as inventive and original while I watched it. I totally abhored Murphy's bit in France when he makes a sap out of the poor dumb foreigner with the fake money. And then his men have a good laugh. I thought it stunk. And on the subject of George Murphy (whose career in movies was about as stellar as Ronald Reagan's), Tom Lehrer said (sang, actually), "Gee it's great! At last we've got a senator who can really sing and dance!" That's about the size of it, folks. And I didn't think he did either of those particularly well. If he'd gotten the girl, I wouldn't have watched the movie a second time. One last note. I cried during this movie when Danny left for duty. And I really cried at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watching the Easter Parade May 15 2004
There is apparently a shortage of the Great Easter Parade film, one of the truly GREATEST musicals (of which not enough have been released). I don't know what is available RIGHT NOW, but a wonderful copy came out several years ago on Lasar Disk, so IT HAS BEEN RELEASED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLACK & WHITE....not color! April 29 2004
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So many have done such a great job reviewing this movie I won't rehash....but Amazon.com taking their cue from Warners (on the DVD box) say this is color and it is NOT....its in its glorious original Black and White and a beautiful print at that! Didn't want anyone out there afraid this masterpiece had been colorized! Yiiikes
Kelly / Garland......please this should be a no-brainer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. Charming. Perfectly Charming. April 11 2004
"For Me and My Gal" was released when Judy Garland was about to reach the pinnacle of her Hollywood career as an adult film actress/singer. Co-starring Gene Kelly, in his first film, it's a slightly more sophisticated -- and much more engaging -- version of the old Mickey-and-Judy behind the scenes musicals of the late 30s and 40s. The production values are exceptional, and were it not for the exceptional transfer to DVD (which is in beautiful black and white), you almost wish the film were in color. But the b-and-w photography is a good reminder of where the term "silver screen" came from, and it gives the film an interesting "vintage" feel that is somewhat different than the "glorious" technicolor musicals, like "Meet Me in St. Louis," that would ensure Judy Garland's status as an enduring musical legend. The commentary by John Fricke is fascinating (where does he find out all this stuff!?). The singing and dancing, and -- come to think of it -- the acting by Garland, Kelly as well as by future United States Senator George Murphy is exceptional. Interestingly, the best scene in film (in my humble opinion), the "For Me and My Gal" dance sequence with Garland and Kelly, seems to have been filmed in a complete, unedited single take. Very rare for an MGM musical number, and very impressive as well. With the DVD release of "For Me and My Gal" and "Meet Me in St. Louis," and with the earlier-released DVD versions of "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Harvey Girls," the only films missing from Garland's MGM "canon" seem to be "Easter Parade" and (perhaps) "The Pirate." I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Warner will release both on DVD sometime soon. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Available on DVD
FOR ME AND MY GAL could easily be categorized as promotion for supporting World War II. It was released in 1942 when the United States entered the war and support was strong, but... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Timothy Kearney
"For Me And My Gal" is one of those almost forgotten favorites of the silver screen that once seen, you'll wonder why it took you so long to rediscover. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Nix Pix
4.0 out of 5 stars For Me & My Gal: A Paen to Patriotism
When the Second World War started, Hollywood made the predictable switch to movies that would fortify America's spirit. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Martin Asiner
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Gem of a Wartime Film
For Me and My Gal is a great film. The musical scores are fantastic and make you want to sing and dance along. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, war, Garland, and Kelly make for a powerful musical
Three years after she rocketed to superstardom in The Wizard of Oz, Little Judy Garland was all grown up and more than ready to assume her first truly adult leading role; for his... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by Daniel Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars The War Effort muddles this otherwise delightful musical
The prospect of having Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in a musical that involved vaudeville admittedly made me set my alarm to the movie's show time on TV. Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by ZZZZZ
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