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Meet the People (1944) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Charles Reisner and produced by Arthur Freed.

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Musical Monday: Meet the People (1944)

on Jan 5, 2015 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Meet the People? ?Musical ... Read full article

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William 'Swanee' Swanson: But it's not just me alone; its John too, its like a couple of fellas in a partnership in the corner grocery store.
Julie Hampton: You know, maybe you should be in the grocery business!

William 'Swanee' Swanson: [Referring to his jalopy] I know this looks like a traveling scrap heap, but it's really poetry on wheels.
Julie Hampton: [Dryly, as the engine makes grinding noises] I see what you mean.

The Commander: You must come up and launch with me sometime.

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A further Lane/Harburg song, "Thank You, Columbus" was recorded but not used. "Song of the Bayou" by Rube Bloom was also planned for inclusion, but not used.
Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): George Lloyd (Heckler), Creighton Hale (Hotel Clerk), Kay Deslys (Landlady) and Lee Phelps (Workman). Several actors announced as cast members in contemporary news items also did not appear in the movie: Victor Borge, Lena Horne, Nancy Walker and Dewey Robinson.
The play initially was performed in Los Angeles. It opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 25 December 1940, and closed on 10 May 1941 after 160 performances (considered a moderate hit). The opening night cast included Jack Albertson, Nanette Fabray, Jack Gilford, Peggy Ryan and Doodles Weaver.
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