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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pin Up Girl (1944)

During WWII, a stenographer (Betty Grable) in Washington D.C. has a habit of fabricating and while on a trip to New York passes herself off as a Broadway musical actress. A soldier (John Harvey) falls for her during that trip and when he shows up in Washington, she does double duty. Stenographer by day, showgirl by night! Not all WWII propaganda films were directly about the war. This lightweight musical comedy goes out of its way to remind us in both plot and song that there's a war raging in Europe and the Pacific. The film's big "musical" finale is Grable in a WAC uniform leading other WACS in a synchronized military drill. The story itself is routine fluff with the usual amount of misunderstandings, romance and musical numbers and a few (very few) laughs provided by Joe E. Brown and Martha Raye (who does some nice scat singing). The choreography is by Hermes Pan who partners with Grable in the Once Too Often number. Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. With Eugene Pallette, Dorothea Kent, Dave Willock and the tap dancing Condos Brothers.

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