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on July 6, 2004
This movie gets criticized for having a "weak" male lead. First of all, it's called "Pin-Up Girl" not "Pin-Up Man." I am not interested in the male lead. John Harvey does a good job acting as a foil to Betty Grable - and that's all that's required. The last Betty Grable musical I tried to watch (Moon Over Miami) was going great until the male lead showed up and KILLED it. Another thing it gets criticized for is the "weak" finale. Instead of seeing a big song-and-dance number (for the 1000th time), you get to see Betty Grable marching around some kind of women's auxiliary force. This may have been necessitated by the fact that she was pregnant at the time, but it's pretty interesting to watch. It is also super-patriotic, whereas "Pan-American Jubilee," the ending to "Springtime in the Rockies," was a nameless celebration of the Western Hemisphere that made me want to shove my VCR through the TV screen.
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on July 30, 1999
Grable plays Lorry Jones, a stenographer and part-time USO entertainer in this WWII flagwaver. Slight plot concerning fibber Lorry, who gets herself into all kinds of bother with her fancy tales. But she bites off more than she can chew when she upstages Martha Raye for the attention of Gaudalcanal hero John Harvey. An unlikely plot, but Grable's sense of comedy and some expert dancing - with Hermes Pan - gives it lift off. Good support from Raye and Joe E Brown. The finale must be seen to be believed! Grable as a drill sergeant? However it a a perfect piece of parade-ground marching and should be in every military manual! Great fun, if you ignore the plot.
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on May 21, 2000
This film, although not one of Grable's best, is still enjoyable. The plot is rather contrived, but is still humorous. Some of the songs are corny, but, again, they are still enjoyable. Due to advancing pregnancy, producers didn't want to use the "Song of the Very Merry Widow" routine. Instead they substituted one that consisted of Grable leading girls in complicated military marches. Although the finale leaves much to be desired, the film is still enjoyable and was a top money-maker at its time.
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on September 21, 2002
Of course in this age of packaged pastries, that's a difficult metaphor to bite into. Forget the silliness of the plot (aren't all Hollywood plots, indies or otherwise, silly a year later?). Forget the mediocre songs. It's got a great cast, sensational clothes, wonderful sets & spectacular numbers. And it's light and deelish as a perfect meringue! They don't (can't) make them like this any more. (Sob).
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on April 13, 2004
This film's finale is a staged rifle drill by dancing girls -- and they perform as well as almost any military unit you will ever see, with Betty Grable calling cadence. It's worth watching the entire film just to see them march.
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