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Babes in Arms is the 1939 film version of the 1937 Broadway musicalmarker of the same name. The film version stars Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, Grace Hayes and Betty Jaynes.


The movie was written by Jack McGowan, Kay Van Riper and Annalee Whitmore (uncredited). It was directed by Busby Berkeley and produced by Arthur Freed..

The original Broadwaymarker script was revamped to accommodate Hollywood standards. It concerns a group of youngsters trying to put on a show to prove their vaudevillian parents wrong and make it to Broadway.

Most of the Rodgers and Hart songs were cut, except for the title tune, "The Lady Is a Tramp" (used as background music during a dinner scene), and "Where or When". Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown wrote a new song for the film, "Good Morning" (later made famous in Singin' in the Rain). Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg (composer and lyricist for The Wizard of Oz) wrote a new finale, called "God's Country".

Garland and Rooney later sang "I Wish I Were in Love Again" from the Broadway version of the show in the 1948 Rodgers and Hart biopic Words and Music. Garland also sang "Johnny One Note" in the same picture.

The original release of the film included a segment during the finale in which Rooney and Garland lampoon Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; this was edited from the film during a later reissue and not restored until the 1990s. In 1940, slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges would lampoon the title of the film with Boobs in Arms.

Filming of Babes in Arms began on May 12, 1939, soon after Garland had finished filming The Wizard of Oz, and was completed on July 18, 1939. The film premiered on October 13, 1939.


It was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Mickey Rooney, who was 19 at the time) and Best Music, Scoring by Roger Edens and Georgie Stoll.


The parody sequence, "My Day," featuring Mickey Rooney as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Judy Garland as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, was removed from the negative after the president's death on April 12, 1945. The routine, for many years thought to be lost, was rediscovered on 16-millimeter film and now can be viewed on Warner Home Video's DVD, "The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection.This Film Has be cited allegedly as the first of the High School Musical Gene Along with films such as Good News and much later of course Grease

Main cast and characters

Mickey Rooney as Mickey Moran.
Judy Garland as Patsy Barton

Other cast members

Charles Winninger as Joe Moran
Guy Kibbee as Judge John Black
June Preisser as Rosalie Essex
Grace Hayes as Florrie Moran
Betty Jaynes as Molly Moran
Douglas McPhail as Don Brice
Rand Brooks as Jeff Steele
Leni Lynn as Dody Martin
Cliff Edwards in a clip from The Hollywood Revue of 1929 of the song Singin' in the Rain
Charles King in a clip from The Broadway Melody
Margaret Hamilton as Martha
Lelah Tyler as Mrs. Brice

Worldwide Release Dates

VHS Release

Babes in Arms was released on VHS tape in 1992.

DVD Release

Babes in Arms was released on DVD for the first time as part of Warner Bros. 5-disc DVD set The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection on September 25, 2007. The set contains Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway, Girl Crazy, and Strike Up the Band, as well as a fifth disc containing bonus features on Rooney and Garland.

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