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Thousands Cheer (1943)

Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, Jose Iturbi Kathryn Grayson , George Sidney  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, Jose Iturbi Kathryn Grayson
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029776Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thousands Cheer" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

The story concerns aerialist-turned-G.I. Gene Kelly (mopping up the dance floor with a mop for a partner) romancing colonel's daughter Kathryn Grayson. But the real story is the most spectacular camp show in military history, featuring skits and songs with Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne, Eleanor Powell, José Iturbi and just about everybody else in Hollywood. Start cheering!!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cavalcade of MGM stars September 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
MGM redefines the big-screen musical extravaganza in this 1943 roll-out of MGM stars... Gene Kelly and Katheryn Grayson, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, Red Skelton and Margaret O'Brien, plus Lucille Ball, Donna Reed, Ann Southern, Lena Horne, Frank (Oz) Morgan, Mary Astor, June Allyson, and John Boles and Ish Kabibble with Kay Kyser's big band. (At the time bigger than Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Or Tommy Dorsey.)
Filled with great period jive and swing numbers, Thousands Cheer capsules everything dear to a 40's teenager. On the brink of World War II this movie was a morale-lifter for our boys. The finale used the largest sound-stage in MGM history. Call it a 'don't miss,' call it a 'must-have,' and give it thumbs up and five stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars Galore! April 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
There are so many stars in this movie and is one of the greatest collaberation of stars ever assembled in one movie and at the end of the movie there is a special treat and is a must have! The stars that do what they do best include: Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Mary Astor, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern, Lena Horne, Margaret O' Brian, Marilyn Maxwell, Marsha Hunt, June Allyson, Gloria De Haven, Frank Morgan, Virginia O'Brien, Lucille Ball, Donna Reed, and Mickey Rooney. Can I say more? Simply the greatest stars assembled in one movie!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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MGM turns out a middling production with Thousands Cheer. This film has the weakest plot I've seen in years. In fact, the plot is so thin that it becomes difficult for me to write anything cogent about it. Gene Kelly plays Eddie Marsh, an army private during WW2 who falls in love with a Colonel's daughter named Kathryn, played very ably by Kathryn Grayson. Mary Astor plays Kathryn's mother; and John Boles plays Colonel Bill Jones, Kathryn's father; but Kathryn's parents have long since separated. Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson get a chance to show off their acting skills but all this still remains mostly wasted on this flimsy plot. Just as Eddie and Kathryn have barriers to their relationship caused by the war, Kathryn's parents also have boundaries and problems in their own relationship because of Bill's devotion to the armed forces. Questions pop out at you: What becomes of Kathryn's parents--will they reunite after years of living separate lives? Will Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson's characters stay in love despite bumpy times on the base? You'll have to watch to find out; I hate putting spoilers in my reviews. SMILE

You may ask: If Matt doesn't say much good about this movie, then why does he give it four stars? The answer is easy: you get a good show out of Thousands Cheer with song and dance numbers that save the film from ruination. For example, the dance scene with Gene Kelly using a rag mop for his partner proves that even when his career was just starting he was a very polished, naturally talented dancer with extraordinary abilities. The circus scene in the first half of the picture offers great acrobatics and the choreography of the circus scenes astounds me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie. Most people only watch it because of all the MGM stars in it. i personally think this is the most boring part of the picture. I enjoy the romance between Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson much more than the songs, dances, and comedy scetches of the stars. The only thing I think is wrong with this movie is that Kathyrn Gryason only sings three songs which is hardly displaying her talent (although the songs are pretty good), and Gene Kelly only dances once. I'd like to say to anybody thinking of seeing this movie: go for it. It's wonderful!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For die-hard Kelly fans only May 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Despite the stars in the cast, this is ultimately disappointing. Granted, one doesn't usually watch this kind of all-star musical for the plot, but even so, this is especially weak on characterization and narrative drive. The stars are all concentrated in the last half-hour, and some of them are fun to see; actually, the best bit is Mickey Rooney doing impressions of Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore (and his Barrymore is dead on!). Getting to the end, however, is tedious. The wartime romance angle is routine, spiced up only by some probably unintended Oedipal tension between the girl (Kathryn Grayson) and her father. Gene Kelly is energetic, charming, and sexy in one of his earliest roles, and he's about the only reason to watch this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thousands Cheer April 26, 2008
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Why MGM have you not allowed this MOVIE to go onto DVD, don't listen to those that say the first hour is boring, this has to be one of the best musicals of the era if not of all time, I have just about worn out my second video tape of this movie, so please MGM put it on DVD as soon as possible.

I am an ardent follower of Kathryn Grayson and coupled with Jose Iturbi is pure magic, I would give this 6 stars if possible, sadly they just don't make movies like this these days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE January 19, 2010
Format:DVD
The revue As Thousands Cheer was a huge 1933 Broadway success (more than a year playing, by Irving Berlin, sketches by Moss Hart, starring Clifton Webb, Ethel Waters and Marilyn Miller. MGM had acquired the rights. So it could use the title but that movie has nothing to do with Berlin. It has only one musical number with Gene Kelly, miscast here as a brooding private, quite unpleasant.
The love story with a charming Kathryn Grayson begins as a joke by KG but is never convincing.
Written by Paul Gallico the novelist (with Richard Collins), the screenplay has all the bad habits of by the numbers MGM
big pictures. Except for KG, no character is interesting, except for the sergeant Frank Jenks. Ben Blue is irritating as the
picturesque private. If it were only for that, the movie would be boring but it's all about glorious Technicolor by George Folsey
and the director George Sidney a passionate shutterbug who had shown his visual flair in his third movie PILOT N° 5.
We don't know if in 1942-43 Sidney could influence the MGM style, but one shot, Folsey or Sidney ,is striking: tha platoon getting back to camp, marching around a column.
Later on, Sidney would prove his mastery of cinematography with SCARAMOUCHE (remember the force of the first close up!), YOUNG BESS,
PAL JOEY, BYE BYE BIRDIE. Making VIVA LAS VEGAS the best Presley movie. He was one of the greatest Hollywood directors.
We still have to endure a trapeze act, to show why Kelly is brooding: as an aerialist ace he wanted to join the Air Corps!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 letters in the mailbox
We love the song 3 Letters in the Mailbox - especially the way Kathryn Grayson sings it. Not on Youtube, so we had to just buy the whole movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 3girls2cats1dog
3.0 out of 5 stars gene kelly musical
not one I enjoyed I liked that well not too fond of gene kelly although he dances well enough. katherine grayson was delightful as ever and her singing also
Published 3 months ago by drusilla p.
5.0 out of 5 stars LIZA DELLA REESE
GREAT MGM FILM QUALITY WAS SUPERB AND ALL THOSE STARS AND I MEAN STARS
BUY THIS ONE IF YOU LOVE THE OLD MGM MUSICALS.

LIZA DELLA REESE
Published 5 months ago by LIZA DELLA REESE
5.0 out of 5 stars I collect old movies--this was a "must have"
I love Gene Kelly so this was a must have. I have not had the opportunity to view it yet, but it arrived very quickly and in good condition.
Published 11 months ago by BS2BM
3.0 out of 5 stars Has its moments, but it could have been much better
With stars such as Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, and Kathryn Grayson, and a long list of guest stars, including Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Lucille Ball, Frank... Read more
Published 12 months ago by steve_manassas
3.0 out of 5 stars Thousands Cheer
I only bought this movie because my mom and dad saw this on their first date in 1946. I thought it was a bit drawn out, but the cast of starts was good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ronald Hubbard
3.0 out of 5 stars Thousands Cheer (1943) starring Gene Kelly is all actor and movie tech...
Thousands Cheer (1943) starring Gene Kelly is all actor and movie tech quality, but lacking good writing and good songs. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David R. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating glimpse of bygone era featuring highly entertaining...
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

I was fortunate to see this film on the big screen at Lincoln Center and I recommend you do... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Turfseer
5.0 out of 5 stars DANCE AWAY GENE
This is another Gene Kelly movie I HAD NEVER SEEN, only because, it had not been available on dvd. Thanks again AMAZON. Read more
Published 21 months ago by movie buff
1.0 out of 5 stars More than a little upset
I was more than happy to order this movie (along with 3 others) as they have been long time favorites. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Mr Jay Jay
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