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The musical in World War II

by Kate Fortmueller

Like many films made during World War II, the musical had to adapt its themes and messages to demonstrate patriotism, support the war effort, and the Good Neighbor Policy. The opening of The Gang's All Here not only establishes its intention to conform to all of those goals. Note the explicit references to contemporary life in the U.S. during the war.

The Gang's All Here (1943) - "You Discover You're in New York"

In this opening musical number, Dorita (Carmen Miranda) sings about her arrival in New York in a song that makes numerous cultural references to life in the U.S. during World War II.

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