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Give Out, Sisters (1942) DVD

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Give Out, Sisters (1942)


Edward F. Cline


Paul Gerard Smith, Warren Wilson, Lee Sands, Fred Rath


The Andrews Sisters, Grace McDonald, Dan Dailey, Charles Butterworth, Walter Catlett, William Frawley, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, The Jivin' Jacks And Jills
The Andrews Sisters headline this musical. They play the lead act at a popular nightclub. The trouble begins when they hire a few students from a financially foundering dance school for their newest production. One of the dancers, a rich young socialite, desperately wants to be in it too, but her prurient maiden aunts refuse to allow her to disgrace their family by becoming a common chorine. She and the club owner (who must have the aunt's permission because the girl is underage) try to convince them, but it's not easy. Meanwhile the talented girl finds herself falling hopelessly in love with the club bandleader. In desperation, the ingenious club owner has the obliging Andrews dress up as the aunties and sign the consent forms. The real aunts are infuriated when they discover the ruse and in a tizzy rush down to the club. They arrive just in time to catch the girl's performance and a predictably happy ending ensues.

Songs include:

Pennsylvania Polka
by Zeke Manners and Lester Lee
Sung by The Andrews Sisters

You're Just a Flower From An Old Bouquet
Written by Gwynne Denni and Lucien Denni
Sung by The Andrews Sisters

Who Do You Think You're Fooling?
Written by Ray Stillwell and Ray Gold
Sung by The Andrews Sisters

The New Generation
Written by Walter Donaldson
Sung by The Andrews Sisters

Jiggers the Beat
Written by Sid Robin and Al Lerner
Sung by Dan Dailey

This is one of several Universal musical comedies in '42 that combined the very popular Andrew Sisters with other young musical talent, including teenage Don O'Connor and Peggy Ryan and sometimes Gloria Jean, who is missing from this film. The prior "What's Cooking", which included Gloria Jean, is generally regarded as more interesting, but don't count this one out! It's lots of fun too, with lots of comedic dialogue along with the musicals. The second half turns into a Marx Brothers or Lucy-styled zany comedy.

About every musical of this era needed a new-found romantic couple or two to end the film with. Cute blond Grace McDonald and tall handsome Dan Dailey, as the Orchestra leader, are that couple in this film. Although their romantic development occupies only a tiny portion of the film, their dance and kiss in the finale suggests a future as a couple. Both Grace and Dan had an extensive background in vaudeville and Broadway as singer/dancers before their film careers. Like the Astaires, Grace formed a vaudeville team with her brother Ray, who also had a film career. Along with Dan, they were important players in the Broadway hit, "Babes in Arms", later featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the film version. Ray would later marry Don O'Connor's constant film companion of this era: Peggy Ryan, featured in the present film. Unfortunately, Dan's considerable vaudevillian talents were little utilized in film before he entered military service, although he did a song and dance near the end of this film. After the war, Fox immediately made him a star leading man, mostly in musical comedies. He also costarred in the MGM musical comedy "It's Always Fair Weather", with Gene Kelly. In '49, he cut several records with The Andrew Sisters". A dozen years after the present film, he would again costar with Don O'Connor in the Fox musical comedy "There's No Business Like Show Business". Unfortunately, they didn't get along then, as Don's wife was in the process of switching to being Dan's wife!

Region 0 (ALL), will play in any DVD player, English, 65 minutes, Black and White, Universal Pictures, very good print.

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  1. Dance-related, but not enough hoofing to have justified my own purchase 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 4th 2019

    This is a cute film. The presence of both the Andrews Sisters and of Donald O'Connor made me hope that there would be more dancing in the film than turns out to be the case.

    The stuffy, old biddy, self-righteous rich sisters is good caracature and how things work out to ruin their years-long case is amusing. However, there just is not enough of the good stuff for a first-rate music and dance film in this one.

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