LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Meet the People (1944)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Julie Hampton)
Lucille Ball plays a popular but stuck-up Broadway star who leaves the bright lights to join Rosie the Riveters and become a welder at Morgan Shipyards. Here she meets and falls in love with her coworker and aspiring playwright "Swanee" played by Dick Powell.
While at a war bond rally in a Delaware shipyard, starry-eyed welder Swanee Swanson becomes infatuated with Broadway star Julie Hampton (Lucille Ball). Swanee reveals to Julie that he has written a musical, "Meet the People," that celebrates the working class.
An impressed Julie pitches the idea to her producer. But when the play is transformed into a flashy Broadway extravaganza, the idealistic Swanee is left feeling bitter, and his trust for Julia is tarnished.
Special Notes: This movie was shown overseas to servicemen before it was released in the United States. Also keep an eye out for the Cowardly Lion from the "Wizard of Oz" fame, Bert Lahr. Some sources mistakenly list Edward Dmytrk as the director of this film.