Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox, 1943. Revised Final script for the 1944 film musical. Copy belonging to composer Jimmy McHugh, with his name and phone number (BING 218) in holograph pencil at the top right corner of the front wrapper.
McHugh was an insanely prolific songwriter, composer of the original Universal Pictures fanfare, as well as many songs that have become standards, including "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Coming in On a Wing and Prayer," "Lovely to Look At" and dozens of others. McHugh contributed songs to 19 films in 1944 alone, and for this film wrote "How Blue the Night," "Ohio," "You Send Me," "How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?" and "Crazy Me."
Based on actual events during World War II, this musical tells the story of a four-girl USO team entertaining American troops overseas, with Francis, Raye, Landis and Mayfair playing "themselves," with many guest appearances by other musical stalwarts, including Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Phil Silvers, George Jessel, Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra, and in his screen debut as a singing GI, Dick Haymes.
Red-orange titled wrappers, title and date of October 13, 1943 stamped onto a title label rather than directly onto the wrapper (as done with many Fox scripts during wartime), rubber-stamped project No. 908 and copy No. 26. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, with credits for screenwriters Ellis and Logan. 109 leaves, mimeograph. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good with yapping at the edges and a few ring stains, internally bound with two gold brads.
Hirschhorn, p. 240. Davenport, p. 140.