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Two Girls and a Sailor

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Richard Thorpe
  • 124 mins
  • U

Summary

Musical in which two singing sisters set up a canteen to entertain soldiers, their enterprise funded by a mysterious wealthy admirer

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Not to be confused with the 1953 film Three Sailors and a Girl, this overlong MGM extravaganza is rewarding if you feel inclined to stick with it. But, frankly, with the limitations of the small screen it's only worth dipping into for its highlights, which include Jimmy Durante in his bizarre prime and Lena Horne singing Paper Doll. As for the two girls of the title, who are a wartime nightclub song-and-dance act, June Allyson seems too knowing (and a tad too old), but the always underrated Gloria DeHaven charms, while Van Johnson gives a delightful, easy-going performance of great charisma. The star turns are the thing, but the plot's a no-no. Nostalgia enthusiasts will need no persuasion; others may enjoy spotting a very young Ava Gardner in support.

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Credits

Cast

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Patsy DeyoJune Allyson
Jean DeyoGloria DeHaven
John "Johnny" Dyckman Brown IIIVan Johnson
Sgt Frank MillerTom Drake
John Dyckman Brown IHenry Stephenson
John Dyckman Brown IIHenry O'Neill
Ben Ben Blue
Carlos Carlos Ramírez
Billy Kipp / "Junior" KippJimmy Durante
Private AdamsFrank Sully
Mr NizbyDonald Meek
Gracie AllenGracie Allen
Lena HorneLena Horne
Virginia O'BrienVirginia O'Brien
Canteen dancerAva Gardner

Crew

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DirectorRichard Thorpe

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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