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Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) – full review!

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  核心提示:Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)full review!Though somewhat similar to Stage Door Canteen (1943) which...

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) – full review!

Though somewhat similar to Stage Door Canteen (1943) which preceded it and Hollywood Canteen (1944) which followed it this Musical Romance Comedy has a storyline with a canteen for soldiers inside instead of being about a canteen with a romantic story inside. Hence it earned Richard Connell (Meet John Doe (1941) and Gladys Lehman a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination. Directed by Richard Thorpe the plot involves two sisters played by June Allyson and the lovely Gloria DeHaven whose parents had been stage actors that start their own free nightclub for those in military service during World War II. Van Johnson plays the titled sailor who becomes involved in a love triangle with these “girls”; Tom Drake plays another soldier who’s in the Army. Johnson’s character is also very rich a fact he keeps secret from the sisters while through his assistant Mr. Nizby (Donald Meek) he fulfills their wishes & bankrolls their charity enterprise. Henry Stephenson plays Johnson’s grandfather Henry O’Neill his father. Jimmy Durante plays a now washed up comic the girls knew when they were two years old (Gigi Perreau uncredited plays one of them).

Every night after their performance at an urban (New York?) nightclub Patsy (Allyson) and Jean (DeHaven) Deyo invite military personnel from all three branches of service (the Army the Navy & the Marines) back to their humble flat where they make sandwiches and entertain them with song. It’s their way of saying thanks and participating in the war effort by boosting morale. Jean is a bit too flirtatious for her sister Patsy’s liking; Patsy has had to look after her younger sister since their actress mother left their actor father (Frank Jenks) years ago. When Jean spends a little too much time with any one admirer Patsy pinches her to effectively end the courting. For the past few nights Jean has received orchids from a person who signs the cards “Somebody”. Of course John Dyckman Brown III (Johnson) known to the girls as a sailor named Johnnie is the secret admirer. One night he is one of the lucky ones hanging around the nightclub who gets invited back to the Deyo’s apartment along with Army Sergeant Frank Miller (Drake) Marine Private Adams (Frank Sully uncredited) and many others. While there he learns from Patsy about a deserted warehouse around the corner and the girls’ desire to open a canteen. The next thing you know John’s agent Mr. Nizby (Meek) is giving them the deed. Upon inspection the sisters discover that the bum living in it is their old acquaintance Billy Kipp (Durante) who’d quit the business when his wife up and left him with their son.

With generous assistance directed by Mr. Nizby and funded anonymously by Johnnie Kipp and the Deyo sisters get the warehouse fixed up furnished and catered such that they can open their dream canteen. Entertainment is provided by various well-known performers who donate their time such as Ben Blue Jos茅 Iturbi Gracie Allen Lena Horne Virginia O’Brien Lee & Lyn Wilde trumpeter Harry James and His Music Makers Helen Forrest Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra and more. Meanwhile Frank and Johnnie are courting Jean but simultaneously Patsy is falling in love with Johnnie herself (there is a dream sequence which includes Ava Gardner). For his part Johnnie begins to recognize that Patsy has more to offer and admires her selfless devotion to her sister and the canteen. There are some sweet sentimental even tear-jerking moments and the scene during which Patsy discovers Johnnie’s identity through his grandfather (Stephenson) & father (O’Neill) and subsequent sequences are keepers. Predictably all works out well in the end for both sisters each get engaged. There is also a funny bit involving Durante’s character as well.

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