- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 29, 2006
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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.
Description by Warner Home Video:
For Me and My Gal
Gene Kelly makes his film debut in this WWI musical playing a man who deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted into the army. He starts a vaudeville act with a young woman and they become determined to play The Palace.
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.
- 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."