Friday, 15 November 2013

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The Cast 
JUST FOR YOU, screen play by Robert Carson, based on "Famous," by Stephen Vincent Benet; directed by Elliott Nugent; produced by Pat Duggan for Paramount Pictures. At the Capitol. 
Jordan Blake . . . . . Bing Crosby 
Carolina Hill . . . . . Jane Wyman 
Allida de Bronkhart . . . . . Ethel Barrymore 
Jerry Blake . . . . . Robert Arthur 
Barbara Blake . . . . . Natalie Wood 
Mrs. Angevine . . . . . Cora Witherspoon 
Georgie Polansky . . . . . Ben Lessy 
Hodges . . . . . Regis Toomey 
Leo . . . . . Art Smith 
David McKenzie . . . . . Leon Tyler 
Hank Ross . . . . . Willis Bouchey 
George . . . . . Herbert Vigram


Academy Awards, USA 1953

Nominated
Oscar
Best Music, Original Song
Harry Warren (music)
Leo Robin (lyrics) 

For the song "Zing a Little Zong"



"Just for You" is a clean-cut film that combines music with romance, a little comedy and a very light treatment of a family with some problems. The story is OK, but the script just isn't quite believable – even for that day and age. What raises the score on this one though is the music and three special scenes that show some terrific supporting talent. Two are musical and one is a song and dance number. 

Bing Crosby is a widower dad of two growing-up kids who haven't seen much of their busy dad who's a major theatrical producer. As Jordan Blake, Bing gives us some good songs, some dance steps and his shtick asides for which he was known on stage and in film. Jane Wyman is Carolina Hill, who's the star of Jordan's new show. The romance between the two is barely played out in the film, but understood. I don't know if Wyman could sing, or if the songs she sings in the film were dubbed. Bing has a number of good songs and one routine that stands out -- "Zing, Zing, Zing," is reprised a couple of times later in the film, including once with Wyman. 

Young Natalie Wood (she was just 14 at the time of this film's release) plays Jordan's teenage daughter, Barbara. Robert Arthur plays 21-year- old son Jerry. Jerry has a crush on Carolina, and that's part of the serious side of the film, as well as the light comedy. The other part of the story is Barbara's longing to attend the prestigious St. Hilary's school for girls, and the wonderful Ethel Barrymore's role as head mistress of the school – Alida de Bronkhart. . 

The best comedy line in the film is when Bing has been assuming Barrymore as a "mechanic" in the employ of the school, only to find out she's the boss. He says to Barrymore, "You might not believe it, but my daughter isn't as stupid as me."

The credits don't list the dancers, and I can't tell who was who from the IMDb movie list of uncredited. But one long number with Wyman singing some strains of "Amor, Amor, Amor," had a dynamite dance routine with it. The scene was excellently choreographed and the dancers were outstanding. The male lead was exceptional. This added immensely to the entertainment value of this film. It's a nice clean, easy film for the whole family, but perhaps too slow for youth of today. The music and dance numbers are very good entertainment.

















 
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