Here Come the Girls (1953) is a musical comedy film directed by Claude Binyon….which was filmed in Technicolor….while being produced by Bob Hope’s company Hope Productions Inc…..and released by Paramount Pictures. Along with Hope, the cast includes Rosemary Clooney, Tony Martin and Arlene Dahl.
Here Come the Girls takes place at the turn of the century….when after having spent nearly 20 years trying to make it in show business…..Stanley Snodgrass is still nothing more than a glorified chorus boy….who is as inept as ever…..and causes an accident during a show that leads to co-stars Irene Bailey and Allen Trent taking a spill on stage. Over the objections of co-star Daisy Crockett, who loves him, Stanley is fired by Harry Fraser, the show’s producer. Stanley returns home, where he still lives with his mother, Emily, and stepfather, Albert, who works in the coal business….and has been financing Stanley’s show-biz ambitions. A fed-up Albert demands that Stanley find a real job.
“Jack the Slasher,” a mysterious murderer with a past romance with Irene…..who sends her a threatening note and then stabs Allen, wounding him, jealously believing Allen to be her lover. Irene is able to identify a photo of Jack….who she knew as Jack Bennett to a police detective, Dennis Logan. It is proposed that Allen offer himself as bait to bring Jack out of hiding….but when Allen declines….an unsuspecting Stanley is offered $100 a week and a room at the Waldorf to rejoin the show this time as the co star to Irene bailey. Irene pretends to be in love with Stanley…..who arrogantly gives Daisy the brush. Logan poses as his new valet and knocks out Jack….who disguised as a barber intends to cut Stanley’s throat. Jack is arrested and Stanley is once again fired. He takes a job in Albert’s coal business, quickly making a mess of things there. Jack escapes jail. Harry again rehires Stanley, who still is clueless and believes Irene wants him…..and when Daisy overhears the scheme….that is when she warns Stanley, who accuses her of being jealous. On stage during an “Ali Baba” routine, Stanley narrowly misses being killed by Jack….who throws knives from the balcony. Jack disguises himself and joins the act, stabbing Stanley with a knife he’s picked up backstage. Stanley is so dim, he doesn’t realize it was a harmless prop knife until Daisy tells him…..and they live happily ever after….although Stanley’s incompetence on stage continues to infuriate Harry.