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wholesome innocence & a little fun
- Minnie Fleur
The story is a little dull, but it contains so much love & support for the military. GK & KG are good actors here, w/an understated quality. They're also, as always, wonderfully gifted performers. The last 1/4 of the film is fun, a more grown-up & playful show. Lena Horne's voice is stunning, & so is Judy's! Mickey is charming & funny, & a scene w/a very young Margaret O'Brien is priceless! This film is safe for young teens, & most of it is OK for children.
So, you are MGM and you have more stars than in the heavens. You also have this really talented person named Gene Kelly and you put him in a musical. Sadly, that is where things go wrong. There are long stretches of Ms. Grayson singing but basically one number in which Gene Kelly can dance. So, it dawns on you that they really did not know what to do with this guy. I am guessing this film was in the can before the Metro brass saw what Gene (and Stanley) did on loan out to Columbia for Cover Girl. That film, made at an impoverished studio, set the pattern for what Gene would become on the screen. It is a very lucky thing for us all that they loaned him out.
Thousands Cheer (1943)
- James Higgins
Mildly entertaining wartime musical, Mary Astor is terrific, Gene Kelly is impressive in one of his earliest roles. Some good musical numbers, but few rise above ordinary.
GENE KELLY MAKES EVEN A MOP DANCE WELL!!
Although I love the music of Jose' Iturbi and the opera of Kathryn Grayson, GENE, like always, stills the show with his amazing tap routine. I love the creativity of his tap in this movie. I also like the humor he adds to the story, especially with his facial expressions--Kissing "Kathryn at the train station because everyone else was kissing and he didn't even know her; busting into her cabin room on the train only to be surprisingly addressed by her father--and how funny when he climbed through her window and had to hide from her father only to get caught. Quite a daredevil he was. I also love his hot-headedness in this movie--makes him even more handsome. This is a great movie for dance, music and laughs.
Kathryn Grayson's best work on film
A silly little film, but well worth watching to see Kathryn Grayson at the top of her form. Her voice has never been better than her "Sempre Libera" here, and in "I Dug a Ditch" she showed marvelous restraint. Her acting (as well as that of Gene Kelly who's usually way over the top and hammy) is terrific -- more natural and very realistic.
For swomeone that is basically "home bound" its a movie to watch over and over.I hope it will woon be on DVD. thanks!
Thousands Cheer (1943)
Please have this movie on tcm channel so I can record it... I would like to purchase movie but cant locate. There is a very beautiful song sung in this moveie and I dont know why any country singers havent re produced it.thanks