Watch Follow the Boys
- 1 hr 45 min
Follow the Boys is a 1944 musical-comedy film that stars Hollywood legends George Raft, Vera Zorina, and Grace McDonald. The film follows the story of Bonnie, an up-and-coming War Bond tour singer, and the three men in her life - Phil, a soldier who becomes a correspondent, Johnny, a famous radio entertainer, and Steve, a wealthy businessman. As the men all head overseas to fight in the war, Bonnie is left behind and must navigate her career and love life in their absence.
The film opens on a patriotic note with a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging Americans to buy war bonds. Against this backdrop, we meet Bonnie and her dance troupe as they embark on a tour to sell war bonds. Along the way, they cross paths with Phil, a soldier who is on leave, and Johnny, a popular radio show host. Both men are drawn to Bonnie, but it's clear from the beginning that Phil is the one she truly loves.
As the tour continues, Bonnie's star begins to rise, and she becomes a sensation on the war bond circuit. This leads her to meet Steve, a wealthy businessman who offers to manage her career and take her to Hollywood. Despite her feelings for Phil, Bonnie agrees to the deal and heads to the West Coast with Steve.
Meanwhile, Phil is sent overseas as a war correspondent, and Johnny joins the USO to entertain the troops. Both men are involved in harrowing battles and face danger at every turn. As they fight for their country, Bonnie becomes a movie star, but she realizes that her heart is still with Phil.
The film is a delightful mix of comedy, romance, and music, with some impressive dance numbers thrown into the mix. The chemistry between the lead actors is palpable, and the film does a great job of capturing the wartime spirit of the era. The scenes depicting life on the homefront are particularly interesting, showing how people rallied together and supported the war effort in every way they could.
One of the standout musical numbers in the film is a lighthearted tune called 'Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?' which features the entire cast and some impressive choreography. Another highlight is a scene where Bonnie sings a moving rendition of 'I'll Be Seeing You' while soldiers dance with their loved ones.
Overall, Follow the Boys is a charming and heartwarming film that reminds us of the sacrifices made by those who fought in World War II and their loved ones on the homefront. The film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and friendship to conquer even the most difficult of circumstances. Unfortunately, the film is not very well known today, despite its stellar cast and catchy tunes. However, it is worth seeking out for anyone who loves classic Hollywood movies or is interested in the history of World War II.