Meet The People

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Meet the People (1944) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical comedy film made during World War II, and starring Lucille Ball and Dick Powell and featuring Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Rags Ragland and June Allyson. The film takes its title from a successful... read more

Meet the People (1944) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical comedy film made during World War II, and starring Lucille Ball and Dick Powell and featuring Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Rags Ragland and June Allyson. The film takes its title from a successful Los Angeles stage revue, which ran on Broadway from December 25, 1940 to May 10, 1941. Vaughn Monroe and his orchestra, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, and Virginia O'Brien were also in the original stage cast. O'Brien sings the hit song "Say We're Sweethearts Again". The phrase "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", later popularized by cartoon character Snagglepuss, was originally said by Bert Lahr in this movie. Lucille Ball's singing voice was dubbed by Gloria Grafton.

Original Release

06/01/1944

Cast

Dick Powell William 'Swanee' Swanson
June Allyson Annie
Lucille Ball Julie Hampton
Rags Ragland Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Bert Lahr The Commander
Virginia O'Brien 'Woodpecker' Peg
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Spike Jones' City Slickers
Steven Geray Uncle Felix
Paul Regan 'Buck'
Howard Freeman Mr. George Peetwick
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Charles Reisner

Writers

Ben Barzman, Virginia Kellogg, Sig Herzig, Fred Saidy, Louis Lantz

Cast

Dick Powell William 'Swanee' Swanson
June Allyson Annie
Lucille Ball Julie Hampton
Rags Ragland Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Bert Lahr The Commander
Virginia O'Brien 'Woodpecker' Peg
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Spike Jones' City Slickers
Steven Geray Uncle Felix
Paul Regan 'Buck'
Howard Freeman Mr. George Peetwick
Betty Jaynes Steffi
John Craven John Swanson
Morris Ankrum Monte Rowland
Miriam LaVelle Miriam - Acrobatic Dancer
Eve Whitney Show Girl
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra
Barbara Bedford Ritz Patron
Robert Blake Jimmy Smith
Karin Booth Show Girl
Harry Adams Shipyard Executive

Producers

Arthur Freed Executive Producer
Arthur Freed Producer
E.Y. Harburg Producer

Editors

Alex Troffey

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