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The Gang's All Here (1943)

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Sgt. Andy Mason Jr. (James Ellison) is on the eve of shipping out from New York with his unit -- he's the son of Andrew Mason Sr. (Eugene Pallette), a wealthy, blustery Wall Street financier. While paying respects to his father and the latter's business partner, dithering fuss-budget Peyton Potter (Edward Everett Horton), at the Club New Yorker, he spots chorus girl Eadie Allen (Alice Faye) and turns on the charm and all of the allure that the ne'er-do-well son of a Wall Street millionaire can muster. That, however, doesn't impress Eadie, who ignores his invitation so she can do her patriotic bit helping servicemen at the Stage Door Canteen (or, as it's called here, the "Broadway Canteen"). Realizing how down to earth and genuine she is -- exactly the kind of girl who doesn't care about his money or social position -- Andy shows a bit of the boyish innocence he has hidden beneath the arrogance that comes from his background of wealth and privilege, and also some humility, hiding that background and his real name. Before the night and their "date" on the Staten Island Ferry are over, they're genuinely in love with each other, but that presents a problem -- since age 12, Andy has been unofficially "engaged" to Potter's daughter Vivian (Sheila Ryan), who expects to marry him, and he can't quite bring himself to hurt Vivian by telling her that he's met someone else. Flash forward a few months, and Andy is on his way home on leave, a hero in the Pacific, and his father is so proud that he has to do something special to honor him, trying to rent out the Club New Yorker for a party but discovering that it's closed for rehearsals of a new production. Suddenly, his fatherly devotion, patriotism, and Wall Street experience all click together -- he brings the entire performing company, plus Benny Goodman's band, up to his and Potter's adjoining estates in Westchester to stage their act for his upscale neighbors and friends as part of the biggest War Bond rally ever seen (minimum admission a new 5,000-dollar War Bond), and in the process giving his son the biggest party he's ever seen. This leads to more comic turns for Horton's Potter, as a man who would make coffee nervous -- especially around show people -- but delights his ex-dancer wife (Charlotte Greenwood). That's also how Eadie and Vivian end up at the Potter mansion together, comparing notes on their remarkably similar respective fiancés. When the show's star, Dorita (Carmen Miranda), lets the cat out of the bag, it looks like Andy may lose Eadie, who can't bear to lose Andy but also won't even try to take him away from Vivian, who loves him too, but has loved him a lot longer. But while they sort out their romance, the show must go on, and go on it does. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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Cast

Alice Faye
as Edie Allen
James Ellison
as Andy Mason
Phil Baker
as Phil Baker
Eugene Pallette
as Andrew Mason Sr.
Charlotte Greenwood
as Mrs. Peyton Potter
Edward Everett Horton
as Peyton Potter
Dave Willock
as Sgt. Casey
June Haver
as Maybelle
Miriam Lavelle
as Specialty Dancer
Charles Saggau
as Jitterbug Dancer
Deidre Gale
as Jitterbug Dancer
Gabriel Canzoza
as Organ Grinder
Robb Wilton
as Bat-man
Virginia Sale
as Secretary
Jeanne Crain
as Girl by the Pool
Frank Darien
as Doorman
Al Murphy
as Stage Manager
Hallene Hill
as Old Lady
Gabriel Canzona
as Organ Grinder
Fred Walburn
as Newsboy
Virginia Wilson
as Dancing Partner
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Critic Reviews for The Gang's All Here

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The gaudy palette of Busby Berkeley's vertiginous Technicolor musical, from 1943, inspired the director's most extravagant visual inventions ...

Full Review… | June 22, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Busby Berkeley's most audacious film.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Time and again, you can't believe what you're witnessing...

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Whether one views this as a kitschy, campy spectacle or merely another splashy musical from the Dream Factory largely depends on one's tolerance for garish colors, kaleidoscopic set-pieces and the sight of Carmen Miranda and her juicy fruits.

Full Review… | August 7, 2016
Creative Loafing

Busby berekeley's first musical in color is as lurid and eccentric as you would expect, and it's no surpirse that it's become a classic camp, largely due to Carmen Miranda's bananas number.

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

The full flowering of Berkeley's particular genius -- and in incredibly saturated Technicolor, no less -- while being a lesser effort as concerns the nonmusical portions.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Gang's All Here

Colorful WWII escapism directed by Busby Berkeley, perhaps his most surreal film musical;; Alice Faye sings "No Love, No Nothin," Carmen Miranda performs the ultimate camp production number, "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

completely surreal. busby berkeley in technicolor!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

It's the epitome of camp and fun all the way through! The story is pedestrian but the Busby Berekeley numbers and solid star performances make this movie a pleasurable experience that will leave you smiling at the end.

Eddie Grim
Eddie Grim

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