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June 8, 2016
this turned out to be a real star-studded movie, with the likes of the Harry James and Xavier Cugat Orchestras, not to mention the beloved Jimmy Durante, sort of acting out his ouvre... what was striking, though, was the absolutely absence in this movie packed with servicemen at the most excruciating part of World War II, of any mention of the overseas horrors... propaganda in the finest sense
August 1, 2015
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.
May 21, 2014
cheery WWII musical to keep that morale on the homefront up up up!
½ January 18, 2010
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"...as 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
June 19, 2009
Just a classic star packed musical xo
May 8, 2009
I think I have seen this...but nonetheless I gota see it.
½ December 1, 2008
One of the better "canteen" movies. Great characters, fantastic actors and actresses, and good music. Just a bit too long.
½ August 24, 2008
A funny, cute and classic flix that is better then HSM and well done. I love it and the index finger concerto has lol funny. Also who can not love Jimmy Durante? Great family film. Although a little drawn out in parts.
½ July 27, 2008
Cute, but the best part would have to be Harry James (of course!) The index finger concerto was pretty good too => That is one fantastic orchestra!
July 14, 2008
Another pleasant but forgettable 1940s movie-musical. The overacting is fantastically entertaining, and Gloria DeHaven is at her most beautiful.
½ April 27, 2008
No it's not a porno...(even one of the characters states "it's not that kind of story...is it..when Van Johnson mentions that there are these two girls...)....it's a musical extravaganza which sports a paper thin (yet very enjoyable) romance story supported by numerous musical numbers featuring such big names as Jimmy Durante, Harry James and his Orchestra, Jose Iturbi, Lena Horne, Gracie Allen, etc., not to mention some pretty impressive special effects.

Typical forties story has clean cut soldiers who only drink coke and milk, and don't even consider being invited over to the apartment of two single girls as a sexual invitation. At 124 minutes it gets to be a bit much -- especially given the thin nature of the story -- but is still top notch entertainment.
½ October 29, 2005
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.
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