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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

FOUR JILLS AND A JEEP (1944)


Wan WWII number about four Hollywood babes (den mother Kay Francis, glamorous Carole Landis, jiving Mitzi Mayfair & comical Martha Raye) who go on an extended USO tour. These four gals really did go overseas on just such a trip, but you’d never guess from the formulaic script that there was the slightest bit of truth to the story. Too bad no one thought of trying to make a movie out of their real adventures. Jimmy Dorsey & the band are along for some nice back-up; Phil Silvers is always welcome (although his big comedy bit is a stinker); Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda & Betty Grable are wedged into the pic via radio broadcast (honest to Pete, we actually spend a couple of reels sitting around listening to Command Performance); but the only performer who got anything out of the pic was debuting crooner Dick Haymes who is some kind of smoothie. He plays Mayfair’s fella and when you see her eccentric leg kicks, you’ll know what the attraction is. Yikes!

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