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HATFUL OF FRUIT MUSICAL 'THE GANG'S ALL HERE'

One of the most bizarre moments in film's history YEAR: 1943
Not a huge fan of musicals but anything featuring Carmen Miranda is interesting, and when it comes to this particular wartime feature by Busby Berkely titled THE GANG'S ALL HERE, it's lightly entertaining as well...

Too bad a rather bland romance encroaches upon the fantastical, borderline psychedelic first act combining a popular nightclub where Benny Goodman and band play as a show is taking place on stage before a dinner theater crowd, and the camera pans around to other characters spouting random expository between various hallucinatory avenues in what's the biggest, most spectacular, memorable and downright outrageously insane musical number concerning Miranda's Brazilian import Dorita, who begins as the movie's headlining talent/showcase, but when the rudimentary aspect turns talky and sappy she winds up yet another second-banana/cocky-friend-of-the-vulnerable-leading-lady who, played by Alice Faye opposite boorishly handsome mannequin James Ellison, breezes into the third act taking place at Ellison's original fiance's parent's house... confused? Well we'll end with the true scene stealer... Two actually... First, lanky, gangly, middle-aged character-actress Charlotte Greenwood ("you do very well what you do do" she tells Miranda): A rich lady with a cool and sleazy, progressive European past and, thankfully, once the surrounding love-triangle softens, the show's on again: featuring uncredited "Specialty Performer" Aloysio de Oliveira (check her out on youtube for proof), spinning, bounding turning, toppling whilst flying across the stage in an amazing enough matter that the movie could've ended with her and her alone.
Perhaps the first screen capture online of the sexy Adele Jergens The Gang's All Here w/ Phil Baker seeming to goose her
Carmen Miranda doing more talking than dancing after a while
Charlotte Greenwood jitterbugs with Charles Saggau 
Specialty Performer/Ringer Aloysio de Oliveira flips herself silly in The Gang's All Here
One of the most bizarre/unique famous people of the golden age of cinema, Carmen Miranda
Might as well show the star of the show: Alice Faye in The Gang's All Here
Inner Jacket of the Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu Ray THE GANG'S ALL HERE
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