Babes in arms (1939)

»She’d put butterflies to work, makin’ rubber tires«.

A lively and nostalgic look at the end of the vaudeville era, with business suffering badly as the talkies take over. The implausible, rather irrelevant story serves mainly as a vehicle for the shownumbers – a phenomenon not unusual in musicals.

Judy Garland gives a radiant performance that almost single-handedly could have put this playful and kindhearted bagatelle in my book. But naive patriotism, dated imitations and a bizarre minstrel part lowers the grade to »maybe«. And what about the military jargon?

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