Friday, April 8, 2011

Meet the People(1944).

Meet the People(1944). The film stars Lucille Ball as Julie Hampton, a stage actress who goes to work in a shipyard after the play in which she was planning to star in is cancelled by shipyard worker Dick Powell.

The first day on the job, the actress discovers that the shipyard workers are talented group of people. Swanson and Hampton, come up with an idea to put on a show.. only to butt heads.

Lucille Ball, was at the height of her looks in this film. Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien and a young June Allyson, also perform in supporting roles.

Meet the People features Vaughn Monroe and his orchestra, as well as Spike Jones and his City Slickers, as well as Virginia O'Brien from the original stage cast, who sings the hit song, Say We're Sweethearts Again.

Virginia O'Brien (April 18, 1919 – January 16, 2001). O'Brien was best known for her comedic roles. This was because of her humorous singing style, with no facial expressions and very little movement. The audience thought she was hilarious and she was soon hired to repeat this performance in a number of movies beginning in 1940s.

The films she performed in during her time at MGM were, Till the Clouds Roll By(1946), The Big Store (1941), Ship Ahoy (1942), Thousands Cheer, Du Barry Was a Lady, Meet the People, The Harvey Girls and Ziegfeld Follies.

O'Brien was suddenly dropped from her MGM film contract and she moved into television and back to live performances. She made only two film appearances after this: Francis in the Navy and the 1976 Walt Disney Studios comedy, Gus.

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