- Acting of Lead Performers
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Stale but Still Worthwhile
- Susan Hudek
Many reviews here have noted the stale old plot, and yes that's true. But this is STILL a fine movie. Gene's first major screen role is good. We get to see him sing and dance and he does it so well. Judy so young here is in terrific voice and holds her own with Kelly in the dancing bits. For me the other drawing card is George Murphy. I am a huge fan of his and try not to miss any movie he's in. All in all this is a movie that's definitely worth a viewing.
I opted out...
- el debbo
This one is too stale and painfully predictable. Oh yes, it had a few golden moments...Judy Garland was such a good dancer, she makes it all look effortless. But that wasn't enough...I had some living to do so I tuned out early.
for me and my gal
- kevin sellers
The kind of dull, G rated crap (doubt if the real vaudville was ever this sanitized!) where you wait impatiently for (or, in my case, fast forward gleefully to) Garland's singing and Kelly's dancing. Fortunately, there is enough of each to make this movie tol'able. Give it an A for the songs and dancing and a D for the story, which averages out to a B minus, except it's really a C plus 'cause of Busby's uncharacteristically mild direction. P.S. According to the diner menu ham and eggs in 1942'll set you back a quarter.
Judy Garland singing "After You're Gone"
- Jonathan Francis
About 31 minutes into the 1942 movie, "For Me and My Gal", Judy sings "After You're Gone" It's an extraordinary performance. When she slows for a contemplative second time through the lyrics, her gaze and expressive eyes let us see clearly her inner most thoughts and feelings about her longed for lover (Gene Kelly). This was her first movie roll as an adult (age 20). To let the audience see this degree of a performers inner most feelings so intensely was a wonderful cinematic achievement for both the actor and director.
This review may have spoilers: Judy Garland was so beautiful in this film, her singing was sensational, and her chemistry with Gene Kelly was so good, I wonder why the two of them never had a romance in real life. The story was also very good with Gene and Judy, as a dance team, were trying to win a spot in the Palace in New York. Then with Gene getting the WW1 war draft, he makes a very rash move, which almost ruins everything until he makes a very by chance redeeming move near the film's end. There are a few great tear jetking moments, such as when Judy's brother gets drafted, then when Judy gets a telegram from the war department, and then the very last scene with true love and the title song playing. Each three of those moments got me misty eyed. The title song also had a great number with Gene and Judy singing in the soda shop. Judy sang several other great songs for the boys overseas such as "After you've gone", " How you gonna keep em down on the farm", and "Smile, smile, smile". And again, the last moment of the film with Gene and Judy singing the title song to each other, absolutely wonderful.
For Me and My Gal (1942)
- James Higgins
Judy Garland really makes this film work. Her singing is magnificent, and there are many great songs for her to sing, including the title song. Her rendition of "After You've Gone" is particularly well done and memorable. Gene Kelly is also great, he and Garland always made a good team and had a great rapport together. Good story, the musical numbers fit into the plot well. Good choreography.It was nominated for an Academy Award for it's wonderful score.
GENE AND JUDY HAD GREAT ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY!
This is a good movie with GENE on a more serious and moral note. Probably due to the fact that this was his first picture, and he hadn't yet become popular for his exuberant dancing and acting. I liked his overly-confident, cocky attitude. This type of attitude might not have worked well coming from someone else, but from GENE, it was a type of irrestible charm with a twist. The dance and musical numbers that he and Judy performed were great. GENE showed several different emotional/moral sides in this movie--buying the script to bribe Jo Hayden and break up her act with Jimmy Metclef, almost excepting an invitation to partner with Eve in her act and leave Jo, and the intentional broken hand injury to dodge the draft, then his change of heart in each situation, and his decision to rectify all the wrong choices he had made, and do the right thing; This was a very well-scripted movie. And of course, in the end, "Harry Palmer (GENE) ends up with the girl!! Wouldn't be a GENE KELLY movie if he didn't get the girl in the end huh?!!! Good movie to see--watch it!
Very well done
For Me and My Gal was a very well directed and acted movie. The story line is very good, with all the twists and all, and Gene Kelly makes a great screen debut while Judy Garland was perfect in it. This is actually quite a touching story and I highly recommend picking it up, very much worth it.