For Me And My Gal

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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Garland biographer John Fricke
  • 2 Vintage Musical Shorts: "La Fiesta De Santa Barbara" & "Every Sunday For Me And My Gal" deleted finale
  • "Three Cheers For The Yanks" Outtake
  • Audio Only Bonus & Radio Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Pack up your troubles and go on the road with Judy and Gene!

After a late-night cup of coffee, vaudevillians Jo Hayden and Harry Palmer sit at a piano and work a song. Moments later, Jo realizes she's found exactly what she wasn't looking for: a partner. And with Judy Garland as Jo and Gene Kelly as Harry, the partnership isn't just ideal. It's a film fan's dream come true.

Kelly debuts and Garland dazzles in this Busby Berkeley-directed tale of a song-and-dance pair who take on tank towns, tough times and World War I while struggling for show-biz success. A hit parade of era tunes paces the film, including the wowser "Ballin' The Jack" and the sweetly harmonized title tune. Bursting with vitality and old-fashioned charm, For Me And My Gal is for the ages.

Product Description:

An unusually dramatic Busby Berkeley musical, FOR ME AND MY GAL chronicles the love and struggles of vaudeville team Harry Palmer (Gene Kelly, in his film debut) and Jo Hayden (a stunning Judy Garland) as they pursue their big dream of playing New York's prestigious Palace Theater. Just as that dream is about to finally come true, World War I breaks out and Harry is called into service. When he maims himself to avoid the draft, Jo can't forgive his cowardice, and Harry must search his soul for a way to redeem himself in the eyes of his country, and the woman who taught him to love it.

The score is filled with old favorites from World War I, including "Beautiful Doll," "You Were a Tulip," "Over There," "Long, Long Trail," and "Oui, Oui, Marie," but it's Kelly and Garland's sublime rendition of the title tune that lingers. It became a best-selling record at the time, and the movie was also a major hit. With its panoramic scope of war, seduction, betrayal, and redemption, FOR ME AND MY GAL is an American musical of rare emotion and power.

Plot Synopsis:

Gene Kelly made his big screen debut with this heartfelt romantic drama, co-starring Judy Garland. The two stars shine as vaudeville song and dance team Palmer & Hayden, who fall in love only to lose each other when World War I breaks out. Filled to the brim with period costumes and old songs, this Busby Berkeley-directed gem still holds up today as surprisingly powerful entertainment.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Recommended | Romance

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 1942.
  • FOR ME AND MY GAL features the screen debut for actor, dancer, choreographer, and director Gene Kelly.
  • Director Busby Berkeley has been quoted as saying this was his favorite of the movies he directed.
  • The film's song score consists of old favorites that belong to the World War I period, including: "For Me and My Gal," "Beautiful Doll," "You Were a Tulip," "Over There," "Long, Long Trail," and "Oui, Oui, Marie."

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  • UPC: 012569590427
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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