This patriotic salute to the boys who went off to Korea in 1951 is essentially an excuse to parade Warner Brothers' stars across the screen. Rick Williams and Mike Nolan (Ron Hagerthy and Dick Wesson) are soldiers who pretend that they are about to go into combat, in order to impress
Nell Wayne (Janice Rule), a starlet who is visiting the troops at San Francisco's Travis Air Force base with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae (playing themselves). Rick and Nell fall in love, but the relationship crumbles when she discovers that her "hero" and his friend are merely crew members on the
route between the US and Honolulu. They reconcile, however, when Rick really does get called up for duty.
Produced in conjunction with a short-lived Hollywood project called "Operation Starlift" created to boost the morale of Korean War GIs, STARLIFT isn't a very good film, but as a piece of Hollywood memorabilia it serves a purpose. Some of the era's biggest names appear here, including James Cagney,
who delivers a few of his patented tough-guy lines, and Gary Cooper, who makes up one-fourth of a singing quartet (Phil Harris, Virginia Gibson, and Frank Lovejoy round out the group) that delivers "Look Out Stranger, I'm a Texas Ranger." Other songs: "You're Gonna Lose Your Gal" (Joe Young, James
V. Monaco, sung by Day and McRae); "S'Wonderful" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin), and a medley of "You Ought to Be in Pictures" (Edward Heyman, Dana Suesse) and "You Do Something to Me" (Cole Porter) are sung solo by Day; "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter, sung by MacRae, Lucille Norman),
"Good Green Acres of Home" (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, sung by McRae, male chorus), "I May Be Wrong, but I Think You're Wonderful" (Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan, sung by Jane Wyman), "Liza" (George and Ira Gershwin, sung by Patrice Wymore who also adds some dance steps), "It's Magic" (Sammy Cahn,
Jule Styne, danced by Rule, Nelson), "Noche Carib" (Percy Faith, sung by Virginia Mayo).
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