Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown, Eugene Pallette
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts, Military & War
Betty Grable in the role that she made famous throughout World War II. A classic musical romance with Martha Raye and Joe E. Brown.
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Not Betty's BEST picture...but...
Richard Dodge | San Diego, CA USA | 11/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It is WONDERFUL that FOX is releasing some Betty Grable movies once again...and finally on DVD!! "Pin Up Girl" was primarily a
follow up to the release of millions of copies of her famous pin up picture in 1943. It is a typical Fox Musical...with a large dash of vaudeville (roller skating specialties) and Our Betty playing a secretary (watch her take off her glasses and WOW just about everybody!)...who pretends to be a musical comedy star. There is A BIG NAME BAND and Betty dances with
Hermes Pan! O.K....we watch Betty because she is a great entertainer (and by popular demand, A PIN UP)...her films are
bright and colorful light entertainment. Betty suffers the
embarassment of plots that bring on migraine, but Betty is a
trouper. Bottom line: you will LOVE BETTY...not the movie. We can hope that this will triger the release of some of Betty's
films that have never been on video of any kind. I would really prefer to buy my Betty Grable movies from Fox than from mysterious people on e-Bay and I sincerely hope that this means we will soon be able to do that! Please bring us "Coney Island", "Sweet Rosey O'Grady", "The Dolly Sisters", "Mother Wore Tights"....and everything she made between 1950 and 1955.
Betty Grable was a wildly popular star. Some of her plots are
a little threadbare by now...but BETTY will always be THE WOMAN WE WON THE WAR FOR and a phenomenal popular entertainer. Thanks for bringing her back to us. THREE stars for the movie.
For BETTY: a THOUSAND!!"
Pin-up pins down war hero
Tom McGee | Glasgow, Scotland | 07/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Grable plays Lorry Jones, a stenographer and part-time USO entertainer in this WWII flagwaver. Slight plot concerning fibber Lorry, who gets herself into all kinds of bother with her fancy tales. But she bites off more than she can chew when she upstages Martha Raye for the attention of Gaudalcanal hero John Harvey. An unlikely plot, but Grable's sense of comedy and some expert dancing - with Hermes Pan - gives it lift off. Good support from Raye and Joe E Brown. The finale must be seen to be believed! Grable as a drill sergeant? However it a a perfect piece of parade-ground marching and should be in every military manual! Great fun, if you ignore the plot."
Not one of Grable's best, but still worth a look
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 03/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"PIN-UP GIRL isn't one of Betty Grable's better offerings; it was quickly thrown together to take advantage of Grable being the Number One pin-up girl during WW2 (hence the title). A very young Martha Raye gets a great supporting role as wisecracking Marian, and Betty Grable gives her all in the leading role.
Betty Grable plays Lorry Jones, a War Department typist who doubles as a USO entertainer desperate to hit the big time. Her penchant to tell tall tales lands her in all sorts of trouble as she fibs her way into the company of handsome war hero Tommy Dooley (John Harvey) by pretending she is a big musical star. Further complications arise when she is appointed as his secretary.
Not at all in the same league as the flashy SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES or MOON OVER MIAMI, the movie of PIN-UP GIRL absolutely pales in comparison. Betty Grable gives her usual ten-million-dollar performance and makes everything come together, but only just. Without her this movie would have never been made, it was tailored completely to her media profile at the time, and Grable fans are the only ones who will only really appreciate this movie."
Not one of Grable's best, but still enjoyable.
James A. White | Cookeville, TN United States | 05/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film, although not one of Grable's best, is still enjoyable. The plot is rather contrived, but is still humorous. Some of the songs are corny, but, again, they are still enjoyable. Due to advancing pregnancy, producers didn't want to use the "Song of the Very Merry Widow" routine. Instead they substituted one that consisted of Grable leading girls in complicated military marches. Although the finale leaves much to be desired, the film is still enjoyable and was a top money-maker at its time."