The Gang's All Here

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here
Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here
Busby Berkeley's first in colour, reaching some sort of apotheosis in vulgarity with Carmen Miranda's 'Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat' accompanied by a parade of chorines manipulating outsize bananas. Basically terrible, although Berkeley fans get some bizarre eyefuls and Benny Goodman provides some bland Big Band swing. But Alice Faye does get to sing two terrific Harry Warren numbers, 'No Love, No Nothing' and 'A Journey to a Star'.

By: TM

Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

Busby Berkeley
Walter Bullock
Phil Baker
Carmen Miranda
Alice Faye
Eugene Pallette
Sheila Ryan
Edward Everett Horton
James Ellison
Charlotte Greenwood

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Camp as anything with a rather sleazy leading man trying to get with a showgirl whilst still in a relationship.  There's a couple of laughs and some great music from Benny Goodman, but the Busby Berkeley set-pieces are in a league of their own here - whether it's phallic bananas or the kaleidoscopic, 2001-esque fractured visuals of the final number.   Very much of it's time ("Buy your warbonds in the theatre!") but they definitely don't make them like they used to.