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From patriotic wedding to polka dot polka?

by Kate Fortmueller

The concluding number of The Gang's All Here was originally supposed to be a patriotic wedding, but rather than ending this film with the union of the heterosexual couple and a spectacular display of patriotism, Busby Berkeley opted for this abstract display. What are the central themes of this musical number? Is this a satisfying conclusion to the film?

The Gang's All Here (1943) - "The Polka Dot Polka"

Like all Busby Berkeley musical numbers, this number emphasizes shapes and geometry. This concluding number to the war bonds benefit in The Gang's All Here (1943) is more abstract than his numbers in the 1930s Warner Bros. musicals

from The Gang's All Here (1943)
Creator: Busby Berkeley
Posted by Kate Fortmueller