Filled Under: Gloria DeHaven
Gloria Mildred DeHaven, born July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, is an American actress and a former contract star for MGM. DeHaven began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” (1936) and moved on to become a Hollywood leading lady. During her long and varied career she would also perform as nightclub singer, as stage actress in Broadway and London theatre and as TV actress and hostess.
“Two Girls And A Sailor” (MGM 1944) stars June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven as sisters who perform as a song and dance team that headline at the New York Club “Floriano”. After their performances at Floriano they use their home as a canteen to entertain servicemen, reminiscent of many canteens during WWII. Things pick up when Van Johnson comes into the picture and a wealthy admirer donates a warehouse that the sisters fix up to use as a real canteen.
“Two Girls And A Sailor” is cut from the same mold as many of the MGM musicals of that time, loaded with great musical, dance, and comedy performances from the MGM stable of great stars. Allyson and DeHaven are well matched as sisters who sing, dance, and romance their way through the movie. Jimmy Durante plays a down and out vaudeville act who resurrects his career to headline at the sister’s canteen, singing and guffawing as only he knows how. The beautiful Lena Horne sings, Gracie Allen performs her comedic “Concerto For Index Finger”, Jose Iturbe plays the piano, and Harry James, Xavier Cugat, and Carlos Ramirez, accompanied by their respective orchestras, keep the canteen jumping.
Overall, “Two Girls And A Sailor” is a fun and entertaining movie, filled with music, dance, comedy, and romance for all.