Where Do We Go From Here? (1945)

Article #719 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-4-2003
Posting Date: 8-1-2003
Directed by Gregory Ratoff
Featuring Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie, June Haver

A man unable to join the military during World War II encounters a genie who tries to get him into the army; however, since his watch is busted, he sends him back to the days of George Washington instead.

I’m not really a musical fan, and I’m a little out of my territory in trying to critique them, at least partially because I’m not particularly partial to the types of music generally found in them, but I’ll put in my two cents anyway. The musical sequences are fairly decent, including a big number in a USO club early in the proceedings, and an operetta sequence aboard one of the ships of Christopher Columbus. The story is pretty silly, but that’s probably no surprise if you’ve read the above description. Still, if you’re just dying to hear Fred MacMurray do an impersonation of Adolf Hitler, this is the movie for you. My favorite gag is a musical one; namely, near the end of the movie there is point where our heroes travel among the clouds which are marked with the various centuries they are passing through; the music they play when they hit the twentieth century is great. Anthony Quinn plays an Indian chief who makes a business deal.

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