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Pin Up Girl [DVD] [1944]

Betty Grable , John Harvey , H. Bruce Humberstone    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: H. Bruce Humberstone
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMN0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Betty Grable stars in this Technicolor musical love story. Lorrie Jones (Grable) is a secretary at a USO canteen and therefore surrounded by servicemen. She falls in love with one of them, Tommy (John Harvey) and decides that if she poses as a Broadway star she can follow her man wherever he goes. However, she is spotted by a talent scout and becomes a star for real.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Flag waver for the G I's ! 5 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
This is one of those 1940s movies loaded with patriotic fervour and aimed at a particular audience. In this case american theatres of war. The Yanks do this kind of thing well and the G.I's lap it up - especially if the stars pay them a personal visit when promoting the film. 'Pin up girl' is an elderly movie nowadays but my copy is so well transferred to DVD it might have been made last month! The sound is less shrill than is often encountered in a film of this age but here surprisingly good - although only two track mono. It is a very colourful, technicolour production (bit of a surprise here as this sort of film in the 1940s was often shot in black and white - see 'Orchestra wives' etc. etc.) There is a boy meets girl storyline - as usual - designed solely to support the movie's patriotic nature, but none the worse for that. Betty Grable is easy on the eye and the music (lots of this) from the big band of Charlie Spivak adds to the enjoyment. Seen now, it is easy to see that the whole production does'nt miss a trick with the flag-waving atmosphere of the period. The final scenes of five minutes or so with some 100 uniformed girls being musically drilled on stage, would do justice to the toughest parade ground Sergeant! It's all great entertainment, rather Busby Berkleyesque in places, and well worth eighty minutes of your time!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We should have used our imaginations" 10 July 2006
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Format:DVD
Skewering her real life role of a pin up girl, this 1944 movie stars Betty Grable as Lorry Jones a pretty and feisty young girl who works for the USO and is heading for Washington DC. Aboard the train, a conversation with friend Kay (Dorothea Kent) reveals that the pair isn't headed for the USO, but will instead take jobs as stenographers.

On the way, the pair decides to visit New York, where they see Molly McKay (Martha Raye) flirting with Guadalcanal hero Tommy Dooley (John Harvey). Later, Lorry claims to know the hero to gain admittance to the packed Club Chanteuse. The Club itself is a grand affair; a huge swing band plays on a giant stage that stretches from floor to ceiling, whilst the actual show consists of singers, dancers and even roller-skating routine featuring the Skating Vanities!

When Tommy eventually turns up at the club, he is immediately besotted with the cute Lorry. But Molly - the real star of the Club Chanteuse - is secretly seething; she knows that Molly is a fake so she asks her sing a song from the show. Lorry gets back at Molly when she belts out the tune as if she sang it every night on stage, even with back up singers!

Lorry and Kay continue on their journey to Washington DC and eventually bump into Tommy who coincidentally is looking for a stenographer - of course he picks Lorry. Of course Tommy can't tell who Lorry is because she's wearing glasses and has her hair in a bun, and every time he looks at her, she's looking back at him with crossed-eyes!

The story is silly and trite and almost non-existent, and it's all merely an excuse for framing the elaborate musical numbers, which are centered on the three-tiered bandstands where Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra sit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cheerful film 18 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very good films no hazzle on time easy ordering
sellers easy to deal with and reliable In those days film musicals when in technicolour always retained their colour brightness and sharpness an expensive process never been beaten Amazon is bril one click and I am there
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2.0 out of 5 stars Betty's Legs again. 20 Sep 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A mildly entertaining piece of Wartime silliness, Betty Grable plays a pin-up girl who can't resist 'making things up' (but 'when you let a person believe something that isn't so, it's lying'). A good score showcasing Charlie Spivak and his orchestra, and some excellent musical numbers. And some good gags. The plot isn't up to much, but it is good fun, and the guy who plays Eddie Hall is a real star. Oh, and Chief Briggs's 'women, I hate 'em' has to be seen to be believed. I always die laughing watching parts of this. Not as bad as it is sometimes made out to be.
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