Synopsis: Air Force fliers Rick Williams and Mike Nolan attempt to meet film star Nell Wayne, with whom Rick shares a hometown but not much else. Fellow film stars Doris Day and Ruth Roman mistakenly believe Rick to be very close to Nell and arrange for him to meet her. The pair begin to form a match, especially after Nell, Doris, and Ruth arrange for Hollywood stars to perform for G.I.s in transit to and from the Korean War, at Travis Air Base. But Nell thinks Rick is getting ready to ship out to the war, when in reality, he and Mike ferry troops part of the way then return to Travis Air Base with returning soldiers. Nell is furious with Rick for letting her believe he was headed to a war zone, especially because the press has made a huge story of their romance. Meantime, a new program, Operation Starlift, has been set in place by the Air Force and the Hollywood studios, whereby stars are flown to San Francisco to perform for the outbound and inbound troops. Movie stars such as Randolph Scott,
Genre: Musical
Director(s): Roy Del Ruth
Production: Warner Bros.
103 min

Nell Wayne.

Hey, that's the dame you're looking for.

- Yeah.

- Not bad, not bad.

I see what you mean.

Come on, let's find the one

that's breathing.

Hey, bud,

where can we find Nell Wayne?

On-stage, 9:
OO tonight.

We wanna see her now.

- The corporal here is a friend of Nelly's.

- Oh, that's great.

When she steps out of her limousine,

he can wave to her.

Look, pal, you don't get it.

They're both from Youngstown, Ohio.

They've been like that

since they were kids.

My, what an uncomfortable position

for both of them.

"My, what an uncomfor..."

I'd like to hit him a shot...

Look, Mike, I wish you'd stop

telling people...

...that Nell Wayne and I

are like this:

- Why?

- Because we're not even like that:

- We don't even know each other.

- You came from the same town.

- You went to the same school.

- Your father was even her dentist.

But he was a lot of people's dentist.

- Did he fix your teeth?

- Well, sure.

What more do you want?

Your pivot tooth and hers

can talk over old times.

- Oh, I don't know.

- Hey, there's Ruth Roman.

Hey, you can't go in there.


Thanks and we'll see you tonight.

- All right, Miss Roman.

- Miss Roman?

- I'd like to ask you a question.

- Well, sure.

How do you feel about love?

Oh, what is this?

The Air Force conducting a survey?

No, ma'am.

But I've got a buddy outside...

Excuse us, will you, pal?

Miss Roman, Corporal Rick Williams,

United States Air Force.

- Hi, Rick.

- Hello.

- So you're from Youngstown?

- Yes, ma'am.

Does Nell know you're in town?

- No, ma'am.

- Good, we'll surprise her then. Come on.

- Where are we going?

- To the hotel.

They're all over there.

I've already explained we can't stay

more than three or four days.

Look, Miss Roman, do you think

we ought to barge in like this?

Look, if I were like that with somebody

and he didn't come to see me...

...l'd never forgive him.


Someday I hope to have the pleasure

of knocking you down in person.

- [SINGING] You're gonna lose your gal

- [SINGING] You're gonna lose your gal

- You don't know who's your gal

- You don't know who's your gal

You're acting like a two-time lover

Keepin' kisses undercover

- You'll wake up and soon discover

- You'll wake up and soon discover

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose your gal

You're gonna fret away

You're gonna fret away

- You're bound to get that way

- You're bound to get that way

Oh, how can you be so conceited?

Take her heart

And then you mistreat it

- You can't have your cake and eat it

- You can't have your cake and eat it

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose your gal

- And when she's gone

- And when she's gone

She won't come back

She won't come back

They don't come back

Won't come back

Once they're gone

- You're gonna be surprised

- You're gonna be surprised

You never realized

You never realized

That someone else can treat her nicer

Someone else can shoes-and-rice her

- Someone else will paradise her

- Someone else will paradise her

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose your gal

- And when she's gone

- And when she's gone

She won't come back

She won't come back

They don't come back

Won't come back

- Once they're gone

- Once they're gone

You're gonna find someday

The gal went thataway

Now you forgot to analyze her

With your love, you've been a miser

- Tomorrow you'll be sad but wiser

- Tomorrow you'll be sad but wiser

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose

- You're gonna lose

- You're gonna lose

- You're gonna lose

- You're gonna lose your gal

- You're gonna lose your gal

Well, hello there.


Wipe the egg off your face,

it's only Doris Day.

And the fella, if you care,

is Gordon MacRae.

Thank you very much, Roman.

- Hello, corporal.

- Hi.


Gee, Mr. MacRae,

I certainly am glad to meet you.

Play your cards right,

I can get you into pictures.

- Yeah?

- Second balcony next to me.

- Who buys the popcorn?

- Depends on who buys the tickets.

The boys are friends of Nell's.

Where is she?

She's antique shopping in Chinatown

with Jimmy Cagney.

- Can you picture that?

- I got out of it...

...because I promised the producer

I'd take the boat ride to Alcatraz.

What's your hurry? The excursion boat

doesn't leave for an hour yet.

I wanna make sure

he got me a roundtrip ticket.

Well, so long, fellas.

- So long.

- Come on, fellas, sit down.

Well, as long as Nell isn't here,

I guess we better be getting along.

Look, if you boys

don't wanna wait...

...why don't you come backstage

at the theater?

Oh, we're due back at the base at 6.

Yes. We're shoving off tonight.




...Nell would never forgive us if

we let you get away without seeing her.

You guys look pretty hungry.

How about having a bite to eat, huh?

- Oh, no, we couldn't...

- Sure we could.

As of now, we've just canceled

a previous engagement...

...that we didn't have.


Room service?

You know, Doris,

I saw your first picture 47 times.

Forty-seven times?

- Did you, really?

- Yeah.

Hey, Ruth, meet the new president

of the Doris Day Fan Club.

Yep, 47 times. All on account

of a little difference of opinion...

...between me and a general.

- What was that?

He had influence

and the first thing I know...

...l'm crew chief of a movie projector

at the base theater.

Forty-seven times I had to run off

that picture of yours.

Thanks a lot.

Your picture was in English.

You shoulve seen those foreign things

they sent us.

There was one French film with English

titles across the bottom of the screen?

Well, anyway, this girl, this French girl

was standing in her boudoir.

And this French guy,

he comes into the boudoir...

...he looks at her and he says:


Then the English title comes across

the bottom of the screen.

He said, "How's your mother?"


He doesn't do so good

with the dialogue...

...but he certainly remembers

all the action.

Oh, I don't know about that.

I remember dialogue too.

In the middle of Jimmy Cagney's picture

White Heat, the sound went off.

I raced to the screen,

took over for Cagney...

...and nobody even knew

the difference. Listen.



...l've been watching you.

So far, you ain't done anything

I can put my finger on.

But maybe that's what bothers me.

I don't know you

and what I don't know, I don't trust.

To me, you're just a number and a face.

We'll keep it that way.

When I need your advice, I'll ask for it.

Now look here, pal.

I don't like people going on imitating me,

you understand? I don't like it.

I'm not imitating you.

Since when is there a law against

people talking like this?

Well, you know, there ought to be?

And between us, one of us is very bad.

[IN NORMAL VOICE] Oh, I don't know.

I think you do it even better than I do.

Had a little more practice.

Jimmy, where's Nell?

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