The Boys in the Back Room (song)

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"The Boys in the Back Room" is a song written by Frank Loesser, set to music by Frederick Hollander and performed by Marlene Dietrich in the film, Destry Rides Again (1939).[1][2] It is often referenced as "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have".

Her winking performance was a parody of her vampish roles in earlier films such as The Blue Angel (1930) and Blonde Venus (1932).[3] The song became a standard part of her repertoire, second only to "Lili Marlene". She also sang a German version called "Gib doch den Männern am Stammtisch ihr Gift".[4]

The song was also featured in the Audie Murphy Western, Gunsmoke (1953), sung in the town saloon by Cora Dufrayne, played by Mary Castle. In Rainer Werner Fassbinders World on a Wire (1973), Ingrid Caven performs the song. It is often sung by Lieutenant Gruber in 'Allo 'Allo!


  1. ^ Gerd Gemünden; Mary R. Desjardins (2007-02-28), Dietrich icon, p. 81, ISBN 978-0-8223-3819-2
  2. ^ John Shipman Springer (1966), All talking! all singing! all dancing!: a pictorial history of the movie musical, p. 249
  3. ^ Nigel Ryan (28 June – 4 July 2001), The shadows, Al-Ahram Weekly
  4. ^ Youtube

External links[edit]

Lyrics at Mojim