Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jamaica Inn (1939)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien
Woman's World (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive's wife is crucial to her husband's success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Clifton Webb
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien
42nd Street (1933)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star...

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A beautiful young concert pianist is torn between her attraction to her arrogant but brilliant maestro and her love for a farm boy she left back home.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Philip Dorn, Catherine McLeod, Bill Carter
Mannequin (1937)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis
Moonrise (1948)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore
China Doll (1958)
Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

American pilot Cliff Brandon, fighting the Japanese in China, finds himself the unintentional "owner" of a Chinese housekeeper, Shu-Jen. The unlikely couple falls in love and marries, but not without tragedy brought on by the war.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Victor Mature, Li Hua Li, Ward Bond
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Marsha Hunt, Cecilia Parker
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ginger Rogers is the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, DC who falls in love with Aaron Burr and James Madison.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Burgess Meredith
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Lafayette 'Sparks' Brown
Eddie Acuff ...
Lincoln 'Cowboy'
...
Gifford
...
Johnny 'Coxswain' Lawrence
Robert Light ...
Ted Sterling
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyce Oliver
Edit

Storyline

Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does not want a Navy man. But Dick relents when his father says that he would not make it anyway and he enters the Naval Academy. The first year as a plebe is tough, but Dick is at the head of his class. He rooms alone, as he sees no need for friends as he plans to resign when he graduates. June has also changed her mind about Dick being at the Academy. The second year is the same, except for his old roommate Lawrence who washes out. Finally, the last year and he has a three month training cruise. This cruise will make or break Dick as a Navy man. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hats Off To The Navy's 'Flirtation Walk' !

Genres:

Musical

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anchors Aweigh  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Near the end of the movie, there is a great shot of a Martin P3M-2 seaplane landing in the ocean. Markings on the side of the plane show a "6". There were only 6 P3M-2's built. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Guiding Light: Episode dated 4 March 1982 (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Give Up the Ship
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Played occasionally throughout the picture
Sung by Dick Powell
Later danced to by Ruby Keeler
Frequently played in the background
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Shape Up or Ship Out
1 November 2000 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

SHIPMATES FOREVER (Warner Brothers, 1935) cashes in on the recent success of FLIRTATION WALK (1934), set in West Point, reuniting Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ross Alexander, John Arledge, Frederick Burton,  with Frank Borzage as their director, in a Navy themed product filmed on location at Annapolis, Maryland. As with FLIRTATION WALK, SHIPMATES FOREVER centers mostly upon Powell, not so much for his crooning, but his ability as a serious actor and ladies man. Although labeled a musical, the movie emphases more on plot than tunes, and contains more tearful/ sentimental moments than comedy, thus being a true departure for both Powell or Keeler, best known for their backstage musicals with Busby Berkeley dance numbers and gold digging chorus girls.

The scenario has Powell playing Richard John "Dick" Melville III, singer at the Sky Club in New York City, who would rather be entertaining than serving in the Navy as traditionally expected of him by his admiral father (Lewis Stone). Dick meets and immediately falls in love with June Blackburn (Ruby Keeler), a dancing teacher for little children, who also comes from a long line of Navy relatives. With the intention of taking his Navy entrance exam to show his father he can pass it, and not entering the academy, Dick has a change of heart and enters the academy anyway, but with the intention of throwing away his commission in the end. Dick soon resents the friendship of his fellow roommates and rooms alone after plebe year. Basically a loner and a disappointment to his father, Dick's only companion happens to be June. After risking his life saving a fellow shipmate, Johnny "Coxwain" Lawrence (John Arledge) from an exploding boiling room, Dick becomes a hero to his fellow shipmates, but it will be at graduation to show whether or not Dick has the making being a true Navy man.

Also in the cast are Robert Light (Ted Sterling); Eddie Acuff ("Cowboy" Lincoln); Dick Foran (Gifford); and Mary Treen (Cowboy's Girlfriend); Of the supporting players, it's Ross Alexander who adds some good doses of comedy as Lafayette "Sparks" Brown from Arkansas. His one scene where he successfully sneaks in a radio into his room during plebe year under the noses of his superiors should gather up few chuckles, especially when being too close to call.

When I first watched SHIPMATES FOREVER on Memorial Day weekend on Turner Network Television (TNT) back in 1989, I actually didn't care for it mainly because I was expecting a big song and dance/ flag waving, military musical in the tradition of BORN TO DANCE or FOLLOW THE FLEET (both 1936), or possibly an overblown lavish scale production in the manner of MGM's ANCHOR'S AWEIGH (1945) with Keeler tap dancing galore and Powell leading a parade of singing sailors, but after repeated viewing whenever shown on Turner Classic Movies, I find that SHIPMATES FOREVER breaks away from the usual military musical clichés, and truly believe it holds up better than FLIRTATION WALK mainly due to its realistic way Navy life is depicted.

With tunes by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, including "Don't Give Up the Ship," "I'd Love to Take Orders From You" and the charming "I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes," the songs grow tiresome after being re-prised two or three times. While Keeler never tap danced in FLIRTATION WALK, she doesn't sing a note in SHIPMATES FOREVER, yet shows off her dancing skill in two brief sequences, one in a dancing school to the amazement of her students (The Meglin Kiddies), and another at the Sky Club. In spite of several time outs for a song, there are no production numbers at all. Reportedly distributed in theaters at 124 minutes, it's the 109 minute print that's currently in circulation on the TV markets. While Powell recruited to military duty as THE SINGING MARINE (1937), he would make a return engagement into the Navy once again, co-starring opposite the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello for IN THE NAVY (Universal, 1941). 

Trivia: The theme to SHIPMATES FOREVER was reworked as a 1939 military programmer titled ON DRESS PARADE (WB, 1939) starring The Dead End Kids, with Leo Gorcey assuming the role originally enacted by Powell, but minus the singing. (** Bells)


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to buy a copy of the movie? Foxhillstacey
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Annapolis scenes jamerson5
Discuss Shipmates Forever (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?