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For Me and My Gal (1942)

Judy Garland , George Murphy , Busby Berkeley  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Gene Kelly, Mártha Eggerth, Ben Blue
  • Directors: Busby Berkeley
  • Writers: Fred F. Finklehoffe, Howard Emmett Rogers, Richard Sherman, Sid Silvers
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For Me and My Gal" on IMDb

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Gene Kelly makes his film debut in this WWI musical playing a man who deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted into the army. He starts a vaudeville act with a young woman and they become determined to play The Palace.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, war, Garland, and Kelly make for a powerful musical November 12, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Three years after she rocketed to superstardom in The Wizard of Oz, Little Judy Garland was all grown up and more than ready to assume her first truly adult leading role; for his part, Gene Kelly, having just wowed audiences on Broadway in Pal Joey, was ready to make his feature film debut. Garland and Kelly made a natural match, demonstrating great chemistry together from the very start. For Me and My Gal is just a wonderful film, featuring dancing, singing, romance, heartache, joy, pain, and just about every emotion under the sun, oftentimes swinging in mood at the drop of a hat from euphoria to misery. A nervous Gene Kelly credited Judy for pulling him through the production of this his first film, and in all truth Judy turns in an outstanding performance here. The movie, released in 1942, is in many ways tied to the contemporary war effort at home, and while it may be a definite product of its era, its themes and unforgettable performances make it a film that will live and be watched and certainly enjoyed forever.
For Me and My Gal is also a tribute to the great vaudeville tradition, a tradition Judy Garland knew quite well first-hand from her childhood spent on the stage. Garland plays Jo Hayden, a vaudevillian singer/dancer working to pay for her brother's education. Teamed up with Jimmy Metcalf and his gang, she is successful enough but far removed from the dream of every vaudeville performer of playing The Palace. As the movie opens, she meets up with Harry Palmer (Gene Kelly), an entertainer so vain that Jo dislikes him immediately, even saying at one point, "I bet he takes a bow every time he hears a clap of thunder." Palmer wants nothing more than to get ahead, to get to The Palace, and he sees potential in the young Jo Hayden.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Available on DVD April 7, 2004
FOR ME AND MY GAL could easily be categorized as promotion for supporting World War II. It was released in 1942 when the United States entered the war and support was strong, but still needed some help from outside sources. FOR ME AND MY GAL more than does its part for the war effort. It tells the story of two hopeful Vaudeville stars who want to reach the big time. Harry (played by Gene Kelly) will do anything to get to the top. The only thing that seems to stop him is his love for his dancing partner Jo (played by Judy Garland). Jo looses her brother in battle. Within minutes of hearing the news she learns that Harry injured himself on purpose to avoid World War I. She gets so angry at Harry's selfishness she vows never to see him again. Harry realizes both the error of his ways and his love for Jo and vows to be a hero. In true Hollywood fashion, Harry becomes a hero and he and Jo are reunited. At the end of the movie, people are encouraged to buy war bonds.
The film is predictable, but so are most Hollywood musicals. Kelly and Garland are excellent partners, and both are believable in their roles and add a depth to the film that lesser stars would be unable to do. We love the sweetness of Jo and Kelly is a believable semi-scoundrel, a role that he seems to master in this film and others. The dancing sequences are excellent and Busby Berkeley's direction captures interesting angles that highlight Kelley's talent. As predictable as the story may be, both Kelly and Garland give wonderful performances and make the movie come to life.
Movie buffs will love the fact that this film is now on DVD. Garland fans will enjoy John Fricke's commentary on the film as well as the shots that were not included in the final cut of the film. The Fricke commentary speaks not only of Garland, but Kelly, Berkeley, Fried, and others involved in MGM musicals of the time. This feature alone is worth the price.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic musical catapults Garland to new heights December 21, 1999
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In her first adult role, yet still filled with girlish charm, Judy Garland captures the audiences eyes and ears with her moving portrayal of a young vaudevillian trying to keep her goals and love in check. Gene Kelly, in his film debut, show signs of being a novice. Yet, the dancing capabilities he possessed still are just amazing. Filled with drama, candor and realism, "For Me and My Gal" is an absorbing musical melodrama set during the WWI era. Musical highlights include "For Me and My Gal," "Ballin' the Jack," and "After You've Gone."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous Garland and Kelly's Debut June 23, 2006
A touching wartime musical with some great tunes and the ever-incomparable Judy Garland as the lead, what more could you want? Maybe the historical value of Gene Kelly's screen debut? Maybe. Garland, in her first "grown-up" role, looks absolutely fantastic onscreen, glowing and lighting up every shot.

On second viewing, I found myself wishing the dialogue scenes would hurry along and make way for the musical numbers, for 19-year-old Judy Garland electrifies in scenes such as "After You've Gone" and "How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down On The Farm." You can see exactly why she's often named the world's best entertainer; her stage presence, discernable even in a black and white transfer, is brilliant. And while Garland didn't prove her true acting chops until "A Star Is Born", in which she gave an obviously Oscar-worthy performance, she still tugs appropriately at the heart-strings when called upon to do so.

Gene Kelly's acting is clearly amateur at this stage, but who can blame him, it is his first picture after all. We'll forgive him for the brilliant work he did later on (and that magnificent dancing talent, of course, which was sadly under-used in this film).

Sure it's sappy, sentimental, predictable, but who cares?! It's pure escapist fun with Judy, Gene, and wonderful music along for the ride! So sit back and enjoy yourself. I had the most ridiculous grin on my face the whole time.
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Published 13 days ago by Maria Escobar Rojas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by bitx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clean fun
The wife and daughter loved it for a girly movie and it sufficed the need. Judy Garland is one of a kind. (smile)
Published 4 months ago by Eli Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This movie is a movie that I've seen very rarely on TV and anything with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly together is wonderful. Added bonus having George Murphy starring with them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by joglo
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite Movie
One of the movies I enjoyed as a child growing up in the fifties. Now part of my collection to enjoy whenever I want to.
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Holetzky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Love this movie, there is a sad part in the middle but it has a good ending! I bought it because of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.
Published 7 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicals! Judy Garland!
Judy and musicals, go together like Tea and Crumpets!!! Fun movie, nostalgic and great costumes! I really enjoyed giving as a gift.
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Jean L. Lubrano
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better movies
I enjoyed the music and seeing Gene kelly in his first role. The story was great and I could see someone doing what Gene kelly did. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Isabel Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's the want ad with the squirrel around his neck?
Have watched this movie many many times. Great songs and I love that vaudeville setting. Gene Kelly's first movie! He was so very handsome.
Published 11 months ago by Kelly E Jahraus
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?"
For Me and My Gal is yet another excellent musical romantic drama from the MGM Dream Factory! The film is memorable especially since it was the first time Judy Garland was billed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matthew G. Sherwin
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