GenreMusical Music directorKurt Weill, Ira Gershwin CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 23, 1945 (1945-05-23) WriterMorrie Ryskind (screenplay), Morrie Ryskind (story), Sig Herzig (story) CastFred MacMurray (Bill Morgan), Joan Leslie (Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina), June Haver (Lucilla Powell / Gretchen / Indian), Gene Sheldon (Ali the Genie), Anthony Quinn (Chief Badger), Carlos Ramírez (Benito) Similar moviesTerminator Genisys, Terminator Salvation, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Birdman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frozen
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Rated as unfit for the military in World War II, Bill Morgan (Fred MacMurray) desperately wants to enlist in part to impress beautiful Lucilla Powell (June Haver). When Bill finds an ancient lamp, he rubs it and a jinni (Gene Sheldon) emerges. While the magical entity grants Bills wish of serving in the Army, it gets the era wrong, and the aspiring soldier ends up on a time-hopping adventure, skipping from the Revolutionary War to the discovery of America and other points in U.S. history.
Where Do We Go from Here (1945) Technicolor is an romantic musical comedy-fantasy film produced by Twentieth Century-Fox, and starring Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie, June Haver, Gene Sheldon, Anthony Quinn and Fortunio Bonanova. Joan Leslies singing voice was dubbed by Sally Sweetland.
The score was composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Gregory Ratoff directed and Morrie Ryskind wrote the screenplay from a story by Sig Herzig and Ryskind.
The film is notable as Weills only musical written directly for the screen and for its anachronistic blend of history and contemporary (1940s) slang. At the time, the mock-operatic sequence, "The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria," was one of the longest musical sequences ever created for a screen musical.
Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to WWII.
Fred MacMurray stars as Bill Morgan, a young American who is eager to join the military and fight for his country during World War II, but his 4F status prevents him from enlisting. Bill does his bit for the war effort by collecting scrap metal. Among the discarded junk he discovers a mysterious brass bottle which he rubs to clean off the grime.
Suddenly, Ali, a Genie (Gene Sheldon), appears and offers to grant him three wishes. Without thinking, Bill says he wants to be in the US army. In a puff of smoke, Bill finds himself a foot soldier in George Washingtons Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. After a run-in with some Hessian soldiers, Bill escapes by wishing himself into the Navy. Once again the Genie transfers him, but this time to the crew of Christopher Columbuss ship on his maiden voyage to the new world. Once on shore, he agrees to buy Manhattan Island from a local native (Anthony Quinn).
Bill next finds himself whisked forward in time to New Amsterdam in the mid-17th century. When he claims that he owns the Island, he is thrown in jail. Ali finally gets it right and Bill finds himself in the right time and place by the end of the film. June Haver plays the girl Bill thinks he loves and Joan Leslie plays the girl who loves (and ultimately lands) him.
Fred MacMurray as Bill Morgan
Joan Leslie as Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina
June Haver as Lucilla Powell / Gretchen / Indian
Gene Sheldon as Ali the Genie
Anthony Quinn as Chief Badger
Carlos Ramirez as Benito
Alan Mowbray as General George Washington
Fortunio Bonanova as Christopher Columbus
Herman Bing as Hessian Col. / Von Heisel
Howard Freeman as Kreiger
Kurt Weill had not been well served by Hollywood. His scores for the Broadway shows Knickerbocker Holiday, Lady in the Dark, and One Touch of Venus had been drastically cut for their film adaptations. Although a few cuts were made in his proposed score for Where Do We Go from Here, most of his work with Ira Gershwin remains, including a lengthy mock-opera bouffe aboard Columbus ship during which the crew threatens to mutiny.
Co-stars June Haver and Fred MacMurray met while working on this film, and were later married.
Where Do We Go from Here? has never been released on home video. A recording taken directly from the soundtrack of the film was released on LP (Ariel KWH 10) and a set of rehearsal recordings performed by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin is currently available on the CD Tryout (DRG Records) including extended versions of the songs "Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria", "Song of the Rhineland", and "Manhattan (Indian Song)."
All at Once - Sung by Fred MacMurray
Morale - Sung and Danced by June Haver and Chorus
If Love Remains - Sung and Danced by Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) and Chorus
Song of the Rhineland - Sung and Danced by June Haver, Howard Freeman and Chorus
Columbus (The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria) - Sung by Carlos Ramirez, Fred MacMurray, Fortunio Bonanova and Chorus
All at Once (reprise) - Sung by Fred MacMurray and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland)
Morale (reprise) - Sung by Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland), June Haver, Gene Sheldon and Chorus