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  • Actors: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman, Charlotte Greenwood
  • Directors: Busby Berkeley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008J210FU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Edie Allen and then leaves the next morning for active duty in the Pacific. The only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring his showgirl's troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity... and meet Vivian, his 'family arrangement' fiancee.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2011
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This is a film to sit back to and let the spectacular fun unfold before you. The thin plot line in an extravagantly entertaining movie is of minor importance. This has voluptuous girls, catchy music, kaleidoscopic sets and glamourous costumes. Wartime escapism that did well at the box office. Fox's most expensive film of the war years allowed director-choreographer Busby Berkeley to let loose, and let loose he did in his first true technicolor venture. He was also free from the intense scrutiny of Darryl Zanuck (William LeBaron produced). The film is memorable for several reasons, most notably the Berkeley sequences as outrageously conceived as performed and featuring the persona of the dizzy, zany, Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda. Her rendition of 'The Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat' in a mammoth head-dress of fruit is accompanied by an erotic chorus line of girls in tropical shorts and halter tops waving huge Freudian bananas and oversized strawberries.
Carmen Miranda sings:
'I wonder why does everbody look at me,
And then begin to talk about a Christmas tree'.

The finale number 'The Polka Dot Polka' is Berkeley arranging a nightclub chorus in front of revolving mirrors, neon-lit hoops allowing an endless variety of shapes and patterns. This was the gorgeous Alice Faye's last film for 19 years (expecting her second child then shockingly announcing retirement).Her songs are a (human) relief from the hullabaloo around her. 'No Love, No Nothin' (Until My Baby Comes Home) is sung with poignancy and another moving ballad 'A Journey To A Star' set in moonlight against a background featuring the Staten Island ferryboat. Both were huge hits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Poole on 12 Nov. 2009
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forget any story line or plot.watch it for the benny goodman numbers,the very freudian berkely banana routines
the quite risque (for its time)no love no nothin number (complete with waiting bed on the wings) and the mangled sayings of carmen miranda all in technicolor!fab
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Addison de Witt on 29 Aug. 2010
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One of Fox's lavish wartime Technicolor musicals and the last one in the Forties in which Alice Faye appeared, this is now mainly noted for being the one occasion on which Busby Berkeley was entrusted with a large budget and Technicolor - with somewhat bizarre results.The story need not detain us; an Army sergeant on leave falls for a showgirl (Faye) while still affianced to the daughter (Sheila Ryan) of his father's business partner, and the film's UK title was "The Girls he left Behind". At this stage of the war,(1943) Hollywood was desperately short of young leading men, as most of them had been drafted, so the best Fox could come up with here is James Ellison, a strictly B-picture lead,who is hardly given even featured billing. But the story only serves as an excuse for some lavish production numbers ostensibly set in a New York nightclub and a warbond rally in a Westchester mansion but in reality conceived on such a scale that they could only fit onto a mammoth soundstage. Not all the ideas are successful: Benny Goodman, the "King of Swing" ill-advisedly (who told that man he could sing?) gives forth with "Minnie's in the Money" and a song with the most idiotic lyrics ever, "Paducah" (Paducah, Paducah/ If you wanna you can rhyme it with bazooka/ But you can't pooh-pooh Paducah"!!) and Berkeley's kaleidoscope finale is, frankly, a mess,- but there are compensations. Alice Faye sings "No Love, No Nothin'" very affectingly, there is a splendid opening number "You discover you're in New York" which is very inventively staged, and the inimitable Carmen Miranda is always good value, adding her exuberance and professional expertise to the overlong (but iconic) "Lady with the Tutti Frutti Hat" as well as the afore-mentioned "Paducah" which she somehow rescues, dancing with Tony de Marco.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
Yes, it's utterly absurd, and arguably stupid, but this made me laugh
out loud a number of times, smile a lot of others,, and left my mouth
hanging open with 'how did he do that'? camera moves, and 'did he just
do that?!?' visual moments.

Berkley adds color to his extravaganza dance numbers wonderfully, and
even the tiny plot is handled with more fun than most of his earlier
films.

Carmen Miranda is terrific, as is Edward Horton, and the musical
numbers are so over-the-top, and borderline obscene at times and flat
out surreal at others that they're worth any moment of creaky dialogue.
And for me, there were a lot fewer of those creaky moments than in
Berkley's films from the 30s.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2008
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The only problem with The Gangs All Here is the plot. It keeps getting in the way of the production numbers. Busby Berkeley manages to shoehorn four major numbers in the just the first 30 minutes, and he doesn't let up much after that. These numbers include everything Busby Berkeley could think of, from Benny Goodman swinging "Minnie's in the Money" to Alice Faye singing "No Love, No Nothin'" to some bizarre extravaganzas featuring lots of thighs, bananas and Carmen Miranda. You'll want to hit the fast forward button at regular intervals to get past the dull parts between them. The story is corny, the romantic misunderstanding is...yawn... and the acting is often weak (James Ellison as the male lead) or prissily unfunny (Edward Everett Horton). Still, the Technicolor is as garish as you could want and the songs by Harry Warren and Leo Robin work well. There's little time to think of anything except the numbers and what Berkeley does with them. Says one film commentator, "[Berkeley] was a dance director who couldn't dance. In a Berkeley production it was the camera that danced." I'm not sure anyone could watch "The Lady with the Tutti Frutti Hat" and not be in awe of how Berkeley not only made use of all those chorines with the giant fruit, but how he kept the action going using his camera in intricately plotted movement. If you watch the Tutti Frutti number a second time, see how many of the chorus dancers you can spot with grim determination, not smiles, on their faces as they lug those giant bananas around and struggle to hit their marks while the camera swoops and turns.

The story? Alice Faye is a showgirl. James Ellison is a soldier, the son of a wealthy family soon off to the Pacific. They fall for each other, but he has a sort of girl friend.
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