Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)





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In this wartime musical, Gloria DeHaven and June Allyson play a couple of well-meaning sisters who stage their own USO shows in their apartment. They'd like to expand their show, so GI Van Johnson, who happens to be a millionaire, has an empty factory converted into a canteen.


June Allyson
as Patsy Deyo
Gloria de Haven
as Jean Deyo
Van Johnson
as John Dyckman Brown III
Jimmy Durante
as Billy Kipp
Tom Drake
as Frank Miller
Henry Stephenson
as John Dyckman Brown I
Henry O'Neill
as John Dyckman Brown II
Frank Sully
as Pvt. Adams
Donald Meek
as Mr. Nizby
Lena Horne
as Herself
Jose Iturbi
as Himself
Gracie Allen
as Concerto Number
Frank Jenks
as Dick Deyo
Joan Thorsen
as Gladys Deyo
Lina Romay
as Herself
Billy Lechner
as Call Boy
William Frambes
as Boy Vaudevillian
Don Loper
as Small Town Wolf
Charles Hayes
as Man in Evening Clothes
Harry James
as Himself
Eve Whitney
as Bejeweled Woman
Sheldon Jett
as Fat Man
Ruth Cherrington
as Stout Lady
Lynn Arlen
as Debutante
Patricia Lenn
as Debutante
Florence Wix
as Middle-aged Folk
Harry Adams
as Middle-aged Folk
Ed Mortimer
as Middle-aged Folk
Diana Mumby
as Cigarette Girl
Shelby Payne
as Cigarette Girl
Fred Rapport
as Captain of Waiters
Eddie Kane
as Headwaiter
Arthur J. Walsh
as Lonesome Soldier
Joe Yule
as Carpenter
Fred Coby
as Sailor
Kay Williams
as Girl Flirt
Nolan Leary
as Durante's Double
Sol De Garda
as Man in Canteen
Buster Keaton
as Durante's Son
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
Ava Gardner
as Rockette Girl
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Critic Reviews for Two Girls and a Sailor

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Pedestrian but pleasing MGM second tier musical starring Van Johnson and June Allyson.

October 16, 2008

Audience Reviews for Two Girls and a Sailor

MGM takes a standard wartime musical convention (putting on a show for the soldiers) and adds its customary dollop of gloss; June Allyson sings "Young Man with a Horn" with Harry James & His Orchestra, Lena Horne croons "Paper Doll" and Gracie Allen performs "Concerto for One Finger." Very entertaining.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Once upon a time, people went to the theater and didn't care too much when they arrived. An usher would guide them to empty seats with a flashlight...and they would just wait until the film started over again to catch the part they missed. Of course, they usually had newsreels, coming attractions and shorts to watch, along with a 2nd feature...but as soon as they recognized a scene they have already watched - they would just get up and leave. It's where the phrase: "This is where we came in..." came from. I mention that because TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR has such a lightweight plot that you can view it at any point and not really miss too much. The film is more a showcase for some of the popular musical stars of the time that the plot seems more like window dressing. This is definitely a film to steer one's mind away from WWII, if only for a moment. It stars June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven and Van Johnson as the title characters. The young Van Johnson was a very popular heartthrob at the time (2nd only to Frank Sinatra) and would have been a big draw to the female crowd. June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven never looked more beautiful than they do in this...and would have been the draw to the male crowd. There are also a bevy of beauties in this that would have been very popular with the soldiers and sailor watching this: Lena Horne sings "Paper Doll". Virginia O'Brien (yum) sings "Take It Easy". Gloria DeHaven sings "My Mother Told Me" and June Allyson sings "The Young Man With A Horn" - referring to bandleader Harry James...which segues into a nifty jitterbug dance with a sad-faced soldier. A very young-looking Ava Gardner is easily recognizable as an extra (uncredited). Adding a latin flavor is bandleader Xavier Cugat and singer Lina Romay (who looks kinda like Salma Hayek, if ya ask me). Jimmy Durante plays a former vaudevillian and adds comic relief (here he performs his signature number "Inka Dinka Doo" does Gracie Allen doing a comedic "piece" on the piano. Scanning the credits in IMDb - I was surprised to see that Buster Keaton had a part in this too - but his scenes were cut...hmmmm. The film has the style and glitz of the MGM imprimatur but isn't as well remembered... serving more as a time capsule for the music and comedic style of the war years. 7

bernard anselmo
bernard anselmo

Surprisingly good musical, and considering I am not a big fan of musicals, nor June Allyson or Van Johnson, it is remarkable I liked it. Great supporting cast, some really great musical numbers. Very entertaining.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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