For Me and My Gal

Synopsis: Set during WW I, Palmer and Hayden team up as vaudeville artists. Harry Palmer deliberately injures his hand to avoid being drafted to the army. Later, he makes up for this. WW I patriotism for a WW II audience, very sentimental, great musical episodes and songs.
Genre: Musical, Romance, War
Director(s): Busby Berkeley
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Whoa, nelly! Whoa!

Right here.

- Hi, Jim.

- Hello, Bill. Cold enough?

You're darn right.

You got any passengers?

No. Just a few actors.

- Hiya, neighbor.

- Hiya.

- You a couple of actors?

- That's right.

You don't look like actors.

I got a piece of news for you.

This doesn't look like a town.

- Say, that's a nifty!

- You like that?

What do you think of this?

Know what Julius Caesar said...

...when Brutus stabbed him?

- No.

- Ouch!

- Ouch.

That's all right.

Where did you get that?

That's one of my father's jokes.

What are you, one of your mother's?

Say, he looks like an actor.

You called it, friend.

Harry Palmer, single O.

- How you doing?

- Hi. I'm Jimmy Metcalfe...

How you doing? Glad to see you.

Well, hiya, chicks.

Meet Harry Palmer, headliner.

- Do we have to answer that?

- Bus for the hotel! The hotel bus!

- Is that it?

- Yes, sir.

Go ahead, kids. Get in the bus.

Sid and I will bring the bags.

Hello, Springtime.

Aren't you a little out of season?

Who's the guy with the squirrel

around his neck?

- Single act, name of Palmer.

- His act can't be as funny as that coat.

Hey, how do you like this billing?

"Harry Palmer, America's

foremost comedy juggler and dancer. "

That's the way it's gonna read

someday at the Palace too.

Say, how long you been

with this stale act?

Are you kidding?

Jimmy Metcalfe has a great act.

And it's gonna be better too.

Wait till you hear the terrific arrangement

he's buying.

- Arrangement? Where?

- Right here. The orchestra leader.

He writes sensational stuff.

Thanks, kid.

I'll give you a joke sometime.

Lou, you can't expect my girls to dress

way up on the third floor.

- They got changes.

- Sorry, Jimmy.

I hand out dressing rooms

according to billing.

I know, but Palmer won't mind.

He looks like a swell guy.

- Lf it's okay by Palmer, it's okay by me.

- Thanks!

Hey, kids! Kids, it's okay!

We're moving!

- Hiya, maestro. I'm Harry Palmer.

- How do you do?

I hear you got a terrific arrangement.

- How did you hear?

- Jimmy Metcalfe told me.

- He did?

- Sure.

Look, I'm breaking in a new act.

If the arrangement's good,

I'll give you 50 bucks.

- I promised it to Jimmy.

- He won't be needing it.

- That act is gonna fold any day.

- It is?

- Sure.

- Gee whiz.

- What do you say?

- I promised it to Jimmy.

- Fifty bucks.

- I sure can use that 50.

When Jimmy gets the act fixed up...

...we're not gonna have to play

these dumps anymore.

What's the idea of putting her

in my dressing room?

I'm sorry. The young ladies

in Mr. Metcalfe's act got changes.

I know when to be nice to young ladies.

I'm topping this bill...

...and I rate the number one room!

- Okay, Mr. Palmer. Okay.

Sorry, kids. Mr. Palmer insists

on having this room.

You'll have to dress upstairs.

Let's not keep the gentleman waiting.

- After all, he's number one.

- Yeah.

There's nothing lower than number one.

- I bet he bows every time he hears thunder.

- Yeah.

- See what I mean?

- I see what you mean. Go on, Lily.

- Say, you know, I was...

- Pardon me.

This doll shoppe

is my joy and pride.

That is no folderal.

The people come

from far and wide

to buy my pretty doll.

I have got girl doll, boy doll,

wonderful mechanical toy doll,

dancing doll, prancing doll...

[doorbell rings]

Bonjour monsieur,

dite moi que volez vous.

La Belle, Mameselle,

I want one thing of you.

You see I...

I want a beautiful doll.

A great big beautiful doll.

I want a doll

that I can find romance with.

A doll that I can

sing and dance with.

And if you have such a doll

such and won.. won.. wonderful doll.

You may wrap it up,

and I will pay in cash.

But wrap it carefully

so that it won't smash.

Oh me, show me,

a great big beautiful doll.

The first doll I will show to you

will knock you for the loopie.

She is the latest

style, tis true...

My extra special kewpee.

Buzz... ping.

Those yahka-hickey, hoola dolls

are really much too faddy.

Monsieur, I have but

one more left,

that's the doll that

cries out "Daddy. "



Da... ddy,

don't leave me Daddy.

Won't you tell me

why you're leaving.

When you're near me, Dearie,

life can be as cheerie,

oh, oh, what a feel..

... ing.

Think what you're missing,

lot's of huggin'

and some kissing.

I don't care how

mean you are to me.

Daddy, dontcha you leave

me now, Sweet Poppa.

Daddy, dontcha you

leave me now.

Oh you beautiful doll

you great big beautiful doll.

Let me put my

arms about you.

I don't want to

live without you.

Oh you beautiful doll

you great big beautiful doll.

If you ever leave me

how my heart would ache.

I want to hug you

but I fear you'd break.

Oh, oh, oh,

oh, you beautiful doll.

Oh, oh, oh,

oh, you beautiful doll.


[music begins:
Sailor's Hornpipe]


By the sea, by the sea,

by the beautiful sea!

You and I, you and I,

oh, how happy we'll be!

When each wave

comes a'rolling in

We will duck or swim,

And we'll float and

fool around the water.

Over and under,

and then up for air.

Pa is rich, Ma is rich,

so now what do we care.

I like to be beside your side,

beside the sea,

Beside the seaside,

by the beautiful sea.

I like to be beside your side,

beside the sea,

Beside the seaside,

by the beautiful sea.


- We weren't a three-alarm fire.

- Don't worry.

- We'll be a hit in bigger places.

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