Meet the People


Meet the People (1944)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Julie Hampton)

Lucille Ball Movies

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.

Movie #60
Film Date: 1944

Release Date: June 1, 1944
Film Type: drama
Film Color: black/white
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Film Length: 100 minutes

Charles "Chuck" Riesner (Director)
E.Y. Harburg (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Julie Hampton)

Supporting Cast:
Dick Powell (William "Swanee" Swanson)
Virginia O'Brien ("Woodpecker" Peg)
Bert Lahr (The Commander)
Rags Ragland (Mr. Smith)
June Allyson (Annie)
Steven Geray (Uncle Felix)
Paul Regan ('Buck')
Howard Freeman (Mr. Peetwick)
Betty Jaynes (Steffi)
John Craven (John Swanson)
Morris Ankrum (Monte Rowland)
Miriam Lavelle (Miriam)
Vaughn Monroe (Himself)
Patsy Moran (Homely Girl)
Noreen Nash)
Roger Moore (Chauffeur)
Kay Medford (Mrs. Smith)
Pat West (Man)
Celia Travers (Secretary)
Eve Whitney
Robert E. O'Connor (Attendant)
Erin O'Kelly
Fred "Snowflake" Toones (Pullman Porter)
Joey Ray (Dance Director)
Kay Williams
Hazel Brooks
Karin Booth
Linda Deane
Natalie Draper
Barbara Bedford
Robert Blake (Jimmy, Age 7)
Leon Belasco (Dress Designer)
Mary McLeod (Girl)
The King Sisters (Specialty)
Spike Jones and His City Slickers (Specialty)
Peggy Maley
Russell Gleason (Bill)
Creighton Hale (Hotel Clerk)
Thelma Joel
Dickie Hall (Billy, Age 5)
Myron Healey (Marine)