Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Musical Romance  |   Release Date - Jun 25, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

An incredibly lightweight piece of period Americana, Has Anybody Seen My Gal? seems an odd choice for future soap meister par excellence Douglas Sirk. Indeed, aside from its obvious observations on greed and the power of money to corrupt, there's little to suggest the subversive criticism of 1950s America that one finds in so much of Sirk's work. Of course, that's no crime; a director isn't required to have (and rarely should have) the same identifiable marks in all his films. Besides, Sirk watchers can still find plenty to study in his use of color, his attention to art direction and set d├ęcor, and the way the camera captures it all. That said, it's all in the service of a pretty negligible script -- and one which has, at its core, a bit of a sadistic streak in the manner in which the millionaire plays with and judges the lives of his potential beneficiaries. Fortunately, Gal has the expert Charles Coburn on hand, given one of his rare chances to play the lead and proving that he could carry a picture. Piper Laurie and Rock Hudson look stunning, Gigi Perreau steals several scenes, and Lynn Bari does the best she can with a character that's simply too much. It's not enough to make Has Anybody Seen My Gal? a very good film, but it does make it easy enough to watch.