The Gang's All Here (1943)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Musical, Romance


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A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific.


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  • Alice Faye in The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Alice Faye and Benny Goodman in The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Alice Faye in The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Alice Faye in The Gang's All Here (1943)

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16 February 2001 | Doctor_C
Ideological Implications (i.e. the plot is fine)
What the other comments thus far seem to say is that this is a fun movie without much story. It has Carmen Miranda and her Tutti Fruity hat and that makes up for a weak, sewn together plot. What they seem to have overlooked is that this film wasn't made in the thirties or fifties, it was produced in the middle of World War II. Yes it has some great Busby Berkeley numbers, but its historical and ideological implications are profound as well.

This was a film whose plot was never meant to suture an audience into a conventional story, it was meant to reassert American ideology during a remarkably difficult time. There are comical references to the "Good Neighbor Policy"- all but forgotten outside history classes. Ultimately, the film endorses American hegemony during the period through the friendly inclusion and references to South and Latin American imports such as coffee and Carmen Miranda. It also reminds the home front that its primary duty is to support the men on the front lines; women should make and keep promises of fidelity, and those who can should contribute money through war bonds, those who can't should contribute sweat equity. THE GANG'S ALL HERE is ultimately a war movie, but it is a movie which assumes American military superiority a priori; rather, it asserts and enforces the notion of a superior American will and character. Perhaps the plot seems dated, but historically and ideologically it is perfectly balanced and constructed.

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