All-Star Bond Rally
All-Star Bond Rally was a short subject produced by 20th Century-Fox and released in 1945. Its purpose, as you could probably guess without my help, was to sell war bonds. Our story, such as it is, follows radio’s Fibber McGee and Molly as they attend the all-star bond rally of the title. The show is MCed by Bob Hope, who of course tells some jokes while introducing the various acts. First up is Betty Grable, who sings and dances to “I’ll Be Marching to a Love Song.” Next, Frank Sinatra is reunited with Harry James and his orchestra to perform “Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week).” Then, Harpo Marx runs in chasing a girl and honking his horn, but he soon sits down to play a serious number on the harp. For something a little bit different, the next segment is devoted to pin-up girls. A number of servicemen are looking at pictures and dreaming when the pictures come to life and talk back to them. The stars featured in this sketch include Linda Darnell, Faye Marlowe, Jeanne Crain, June Haver, Vivian Blaine, and Carmen Miranda. Finally, Bing Crosby shows up and goes for the subtle approach, singing a song called “Buy, Buy Bonds.” The music and fun is interrupted at a couple of points when Hope and Crosby hit us with solemn speeches. Buy, buy bonds, folks!
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