The Gang's All Here (1943 film)
|The Gang's All Here|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Busby Berkeley|
|Produced by||William Goetz
|Written by||Walter Bullock
George Root Jr.
|Music by||Leo Robin
|Editing by||Ray Curtiss|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||December 24, 1943|
|Running time||103 minutes|
The Gang's All Here is a 1943 American Twentieth Century Fox Technicolor musical film starring Alice Faye, James Ellison, and Carmen Miranda in a story about a soldier and a nightclub singer. The film, directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, is considered a camp classic. It is noted for its use of musical numbers with fruit hats.
Musical highlights include Carmen Miranda performing an insinuating, witty version of "You Discover You're in New York" that lampoons fads, fashions, and wartime shortages of the time. The film is also memorable for Miranda's "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", which because of its sexual innuendo (dozens of scantily clad women handling very large bananas), prevented the film from being shown in Miranda's native Portugal in its initial release. Even in the US the censors dictated that the chorus girls must hold the bananas at the waist and not at the hip. Alice Faye sings "A Journey to a Star," "No Love, No Nothin'," and the surreal finale "The Polka-Dot Polka."
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color (James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright, Thomas Little). It was the last musical Faye made as a Hollywood superstar. She was pregnant with her second daughter during filming.
Plot and cast
The film follows the typical "boy-meets-girl" formula of musical comedy. A young soldier, Sgt. Andy Mason (James Ellison) meets Eadie Allen (Alice Faye), a New York City nightclub singer. The two fall in love. Unbeknownst to Eadie, Andy is unofficially engaged to long-time friend Vivian Potter (Sheila Ryan). Andy goes to war and returns a hero. His father (Eugene Pallette) arranges to have Eadie and her fellow nightclub performers (Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, Phil Baker, and dancer Tony DeMarco) appear in a war-bond drive at the estate of Vivian's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Potter (Charlotte Greenwood and Edward Everett Horton). It is during rehearsals that Eadie learns the truth about Andy's relationship with Vivian. The clouds vanish and the lovers unite when Vivian decides she wants a career as a dancer rather than marriage. The film ends with everyone living happily ever after.
- Alice Faye as Eadie Allen
- Carmen Miranda as Dorita
- Phil Baker as Phil Baker
- Benny Goodman as Himself
- Benny Goodman Orchestra as Themselves
- Eugene Pallette as Andrew Mason Sr.
- Charlotte Greenwood as Mrs. Peyton Potter
- Edward Everett Horton as Peyton Potter
- Tony DeMarco as Himself
- James Ellison as Andy Mason
- Sheila Ryan as Vivian Potter
- Dave Willock as Sgt. Pat Casey
- Bando da Lua ... Themselves, Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
Fox released the film on a digitally remastered DVD in February 2007 as part of "The Alice Faye Collection." This DVD was criticized for its faded color reproduction that subdued the original vibrant Technicolor hues. The film was released on DVD a second time in June 2008 as part of Fox's "The Carmen Miranda Collection." The 2008 DVD release contained a brighter and more colorful transfer. A laserdisc version was released in 1997 by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment but was quickly pulled and is now a highly valued collector's item. Privately made copies in all formats are circulated among collectors. The film is occasionally shown on American television.
- Review at TVGuide.com
- Censored Films and Television at University of Virginia online
- The Gang's All Here (1943) Awards at IMDB
- "IMDb.com: The Gang's All Here". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- Louie Bellson biography at Jazz Connection Magazine online
- New York Times online - New DVDs: The Alice Faye Collection, published 20 Feb 2007
- New York Times online - New DVD's: The Carmen Miranda Collection, published 17 June 2008
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- The Gang's All Here at the American Film Institute Catalog
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- The Gang's All Here at allmovie
- The Gang's All Here (1943 film) at the TCM Movie Database