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Meet the People (1944)

A idealistic shipyard worker interests a beautiful Hollywood star in staging a musical tribute to the war industry, but they disagree on some important issues.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

Sol Barzman (short story), Ben Barzman (short story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Julie Hampton
Dick Powell ... William 'Swanee' Swanson
Virginia O'Brien ... 'Woodpecker' Peg
Bert Lahr ... The Commander
Rags Ragland ... Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
June Allyson ... Annie
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra ... Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Spike Jones and His City Slickers ... Spike Jones' City Slickers
Steven Geray ... Uncle Felix (as Steve Geray)
Paul Regan Paul Regan ... 'Buck'
Howard Freeman ... Mr. George Peetwick
Betty Jaynes ... Steffi
John Craven ... John Swanson
Morris Ankrum ... Monte Rowland
Miriam LaVelle Miriam LaVelle ... Miriam - Acrobatic Dancer
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Storyline

Shipyard worker Bill Swanson writes a wartime play celebrating the American spirit. He meets theatre actress Julie Hampton, visiting the shipyard on a bond drive, and convinces her to read his patriotic opus. Enthusiastic at its potential, Julie is able to get the show produced, but Bill is dismayed when he discovers that its being turned into a musical. Withdrawing his option, he returns to his day job, but Julie isn't to be put off so easily. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents the gayest musical!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Conozca a la gente See more »

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Budget:

$1,302,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball's singing was dubbed by Gloria Grafton. See more »

Goofs

Director Charles Reisner's name was incorrectly spelled in the main credits as "Riesner". See more »

Quotes

William 'Swanee' Swanson: [Hearing the cheers of the crowd who've been promised a kiss from the beautiful star] You hear that? That's the voice of the people!
Julie Hampton: [Sardonically] Sounds more like the call of the wild.
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Piano Instrumental
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Played on piano by Richard Hall
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C'mon... it's entertaining!
8 April 2008 | by jbacks3See all my reviews

Personally I think several of the opinions here are awfully harsh and take unfair advantage of 20/20 hindsight. Yes, WW2 was horrible--- and you've got innumerable references to topical characters that've faded from the average person's knowledge. But a Ken Burns documentary this ain't! Valid criticism: it suffers from being an MGM musical shot in black & white with a 40-year old Dick Powell who'd had his more than his fill of such stuff. But there's a lot it on the plus side too: Virginia "The Shynx" O'Brian is terrific, June Allyson (possibly where she first met Dick?), Bert Lahr doing some of his finest signature work (it left me wondering why he was never in the running for the Fred Mertz role--- the cast seemed to love him) and honestly, Lucille Ball looks amazing, dubbed voice and all. And there's also the seemingly incongruent mix of Spike Jones and Vaughan Monroe. The stage version was already several years old and several of the (admittedly unremarkable) songs were updated for the war effort. Look for MGM-contract star Mickey Rooney's dad, Joe Yule, in the role of "Shorty," Bobby Blake doing his best to remain on the Metro lot during the waning days of Our Gang and Rags Ragland, less than two years away from his very premature death. This is an entertaining, very loose stage adaption of a modest Broadway hit geared to wartime audiences just wanting to be entertained. Far from a classic but worth watching.


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