Cinema, Also Showing Dec. 11, 1944

Something for the Boys (20th Century Fox) turns out to have nothing very notable for anyone. Carmen Miranda replaces the stage version's Ethel Merman as the girl whose radioactive teeth help the soldier hero (Michael O'Shea) win a sham battle and a promotion; Mr. O'Shea and Vivian Elaine handle the love interest, and one of the Cole Porter songs, plus six fair-enough new non-Porter items. There are some pleasant essays in low-keyed Technicolor and sculptural cross-lighting in the dance numbers. Phil Silvers combines a daftly likable energy with some blurrily focused comedy.


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