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Meet the People (1944)

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MGM's musical extravaganza Meet the People top-bills two future powerful TV executives: Dick Powell and Lucille Ball. Ball plays a popular but stuck-up Broadway star who leaves the bright lights to become a welder in a shipyard. Here she meets and falls in love with coworker Powell. This being a wartime musical, the plotline is periodically abandoned for the guest-star turns of the likes of Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Vaughn Monroe, and Mata and Hari. Buried beneath this cornucopia of corn is a stage play by Louis Lantz, upon which Meet the People was supposedly based. (Note: some sources mistakenly list Edward Dmytrk as the director of this film).

Cast

Lucille Ball
as Julie Hampton
Dick Powell
as William "Swanee" Swanson
Bert Lahr
as The Commander
Virginia O'Brien
as `Woodpecker' Peg
Rags Ragland
as Mr. Smith
Steven Geray
as Uncle Felix
Paul Regan
as `Buck'
Howard Freeman
as Mr. Peetwick
John Craven
as John Swanson
Morris Ankrum
as Monte Rowland
Mata and Hari
as Oriental Dancers
Kay Medford
as Mrs. Smith
Joey Ray
as Dance Director
Patsy Moran
as Homely Girl
Roger Moore
as Chauffeur
Celia Travers
as Secretary
Robert Blake
as Jimmy (age 7)
Dickie Hall
as Billy (age 5)
Creighton Hale
as Hotel Clerk
Leon Belasco
as Dress Designer
Lucille Casey
as Show Girl
Natalie Draper
as Show Girl
Alice Eyland
as Show Girl
Noreen Nash
as Show Girl
Linda Deane
as Show Girl
Hazel Brooks
as Show Girl
Eve Whitney
as Show Girl
Erin O'Kelly
as Show Girl
Peggy Maley
as Show Girl
Kay Williams
as Show Girl
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