For Me and My Gal (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

For Me and My Gal (1942)

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For Me and My Gal, a leisurely period musical, represents the first on-screen dancing of MGM's new star Gene Kelly. Judy Garland plays a member of a vaudeville troupe consisting of herself, George Murphy, Ben Blue and Lucille Norman. She leaves the act to join up with Kelly, who promises to propel her to the big time. Two unsuccessful years later, Garland and Kelly are still struggling in the small time, while Murphy and his bunch are headliners. Kelly nearly throws Garland over for singer Marta Eggerth, but Judy remains loyal--at least until Kelly deliberately breaks his hand to avoid serving in World War I. Having lost her brother Richard Quine to the war, Garland denounces Kelly as a coward and walks out. Kelly redeems himself by joining an overseas entertainment troupe, saving several lives when he finds himself under attack on the front. Judy and Gene are at last reunited in Paris. A major break for both Gene Kelly and Judy Garland (who proved once and for all in this film that she was no longer just a "juvenile"), For Me and My Gal was based on a story by Howard Emmett Rogers.

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Cast

Judy Garland
as Jo Hayden
Gene Kelly
as Harry Palmer
George Murphy
as Jimmy K. Metcalf
Ben Blue
as Sid Simms
Marta Eggerth
as Eve Minard
Horace McNally
as Mr. Waring
Keenan Wynn
as Eddie Milton
Richard Quine
as Danny Hayden
Lucille Norman
as Lily Duncan
Stephen McNally
as Mr. Waring
Anne Rooney
as Members of Jimmy's Company
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Critic Reviews for For Me and My Gal

All Critics (8)

Busby Berkeley's enjoyable musical marks the feature screen debut of Gene Kelly, who enjoys great rapport with Judy Garland.

Full Review… | April 3, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Transcending the vortex of bulldozing patriotism are Kelly and Garland, harmonizing musically and emotionally

Full Review… | February 6, 2010
CinePassion

A nostalgic homage to vaudeville during the pre-WWI period that is no better than a routine musical.

Full Review… | March 13, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gene and Judy are inspired casting in this early MGM musical.

July 13, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Interesting musical drama with atypical performance from Kelly.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for For Me and My Gal

MGM's salute to vaudeville directed by Busby Berkeley with a nice flavor of the period (WWI) and a plethora of vintage songs; the title tune and "When You Wore a Tulip" became hit singles all over again as sung by Garland and Kelly (in his film debut).

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
½

A little hoky but Judy and Gene make a good team.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

this movie would've been so much more amazing with color. gene kelly gives a respectable - but not stunning - debut as a pretty unlikeable character brimming with infectious charm. judy garland is...okay. sometimes she doesn't give eye contact and it's kind of unsettling to see her close-up sometimes. but all in all, it's fun and i love that "me and my gal" song!

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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