MORE 1001 MOVIES FROM THE 30's
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|Mickey and Judy perform in Babes in Arms|
Babes in Arms is the most famous and most popular of the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland films. The story is basically Mickey (also his character's name) putting on a show with his girl Judy in order to prove that show biz is a viable career option. It is a funny thing for him to have to prove to his folks since his parents are also in the business... but there you have it.
The film is pure escapism. If you aren't willing to step into it's "let's put on a show" mentality, you probably aren't going to get into it. It has loads of fun songs (The title track, Good Morning ) and an awful lot of frantic energy from Mr. Rooney. I am keeping in mind that this was the year that World War II was on the horizon and what people really wanted to see was escapist fare like Babes in Arms. It 's still fun to watch Babes in Arms today for a movie history fan.There is a minstrel scene (Judy Garland in blackface is more than a little weird) that is a bit uncomfortable to sit through by modern standards.
|Margaret Hamilton (center) lays down the law to Guy Kibee|
in Babes in Arms
|Margaret Hamilton in one of her many commercials|
as Cora, the Queen of Maxwell House
Except for the first song (Good Morning) this movie was to me a complete letdown. Mickey Rooney is a large part of it and "Frantic Energy" does not even come close. I remember at this point ('39) I had warmed up to Berkely, but with one it all came crashing down. Sorry.ReplyDelete
I won't argue that Rooney can be a bit much at times. I'd also say that if I was recommending one Berkley movie, I'd certainly go with 42nd Street or Gold Diggers of 1933 over this one.ReplyDelete