Gloria DeHaven and June Allyson play sisters Jean and Patsy Deyo, nightclub performers who transform their apartment into an after-hours USO (being 1944, it's all perfectly innocent). Van Johnson is sailor John Dyckman Brown III, a millionaire who keeps his background a secret. Both women
have the hots for him, but he seems more interested in the flirtatious Jean than in her more demure sister, who has fallen harder for the swabbie. No sooner do the girls mention that a nearby empty factory would make a great USO than John buys it, secretly of course, and turns it into just that.
Believing it is her sister that John loves, Patsy tries to stay out of the way; however, Cupid knows best who belongs with whom and by the end, soldier Frank Miller (Tom Drake) enters the romantic picture and a pair of happy couples emerge.
The plot is little more than a recycling of the studio's 1940 TWO GIRLS ON BROADWAY, which was in turn inspired by THE BROADWAY MELODY (1929), but the film is packed with interesting specialty musical numbers, including performances from Xavier Cugat's band, Lena Horne, and even Gracie Allen. Also
on hand is Jimmy Durante, contributing his famous "Inka Dinka Doo," and Buster Keaton, who was briefly teamed with Durante in the early sound era. Allyson and DeHaven are wonderful, expressing a sense of innocent energy missing in films today; Van Johnson is at his charming best; and the whole
picture bounds with enthusiasm under Richard Thorpe's steady direction. The film earned an Oscar nomination for its screenplay. Numbers include "Paper Doll" (Johnny Black, sung by Lena Horne), "The Young Man with a Horn" (Ralph Freed, George Stoll, sung by June Allyson, backed by Harry James),
"Concerto for Index Finger" (performed by Gracie Allen), "Take It Easy" (Albert De Bru, Irving Taylor, Vic Mizzy), "Ritual Fire Dance" (De Falla), "Inka Dinka Doo" (Durante, Ben Ryan), "My Mother Told Me" (Freed, Jimmy McHugh), "A Love Like Ours" (Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols), "In a Moment of
Madness" (Freed, McHugh), "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Jules Lemare, Harry Tobias), "Granada" (Dorothy Dodd, Augustin Lara), "Estrellita" (Manuel Ponce, adapted by Frank La Forge), "A-Tisket-a-Tasket" (Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald), "Did You Ever Have the Feeling?" "Castles in the Air," "Who
Will Be with You When I'm Far Away?" (Durante), "Flash" (James), "Charmaine" (Erno Rapee, Lew Pollack), "Babalu" (Bob Russell, Marguerita Lecuona), "The Thrill of a New Romance" (Harold Adamson, Xavier Cugat), "You Dear" (Freed, Sammy Fain), "Dardanella" (Fred Fisher, Felix Bernard, Johnny S.
Black),and "My Wonderful One, Let's Dance" (Roger Edens, Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown).
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