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|Four Jills in a Jeep|
Actors: Kay Francis, Martha Raye
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Military & War
This star studded musical is a cinematic tribute to the successful USO tour of Kay Francis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair and Carole Landis who entertained soldiers from England to North Africa. Embellished with some fiction... more »
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David Mann | I live in suburban northern New Jersey, about a ha | 03/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It happens that I was actually in this film, as the pianist in the Jimmy Dorsey band. At the time it was filmed, back in 1943, I was a brash young kid of 26, and I guess I thought that I was pretty hot stuff. Our band was one of the most popular of the day, and we played at the top spots in the nation.For most of us, this film was just about out last civilian act prior to going into the service. I had received a couple of deferments because I had a small son, and that enabled me to stay out of uniform until '44. We regarded the movie as some sort of a joke, and few of us took it seriously as a movie. True, it reflected an actual occurrence - the four gals did indeed go on that memorable USO tour and unlike most of the entertainers who went, found themselves in actual fighting zones. That is what makes this film different, although I didn't know that until many years afterward. When I think of those four, Kay, Martha, Carole and Mitzi, exposed to all the dangers of that situation, I now realize, and am happy to acknowledge, that they were truly courageous. They didn't have to go - they weren't subject to the draft. But they gave of themselves in the best way they knew how, and that is a very brave thing to do. I've revised my opinion. I used to be a bit ashamed of this film, but now, I'm very proud of it and proud of having been in it. David Mann"
Interesting film from a fascinating period in history
Carole Bennett | 09/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this movie for the most part; however, I must say I enjoyed the book version of "Four Jills In A Jeep" (written by Carole Landis) a lot better. My one pet peeve about this film is that there weren't more musical numbers; Dick Haymes has several, but the "Jills" are left with just 1 number each! However it is interesting, and it is a true story. Worth watching!"
A Great Tribute to Women in WWII
Dewey | USA | 04/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What sets this movie apart from other "B movies" of the era is that it's based on a true, courageous story of a group of Hollywood female entertainers who risked their lives to bring a moment of happiness to the troops during WWII. Far from the publicity and limelight loving selfish entertainers of today who use the media for their own purposes, these women risked life and limb to simply entertain and take the men away from the horrors of war for a few minutes. They asked nothing in return other than the thanks of the soldiers, and they endured many of the same hardships. A great story line with more substance than others, and worth reflecting against our values of today. If more of us were devoted to service of our fellow man, perhaps our society would be in a better place today. These ladies deserve much attention and thanks for their efforts."
5 Stars for 4 Jills!
Kari Gritzan | San Francisco | 05/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie on tv the other day and absolutely loved it. They were playing it for Memorial Day. The singing is wonderful, the actresses are lovely, and the whole thing was just well done. Martha Raye is hilarious! I wish they'd put this out on DVD...I'd buy it immediately. A great memorial to the USO and the girls who went to entertain the soldiers."