The story of three recruits undergoing Navy bootcamp training.

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Complete credited cast:
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CPO Bill Jennings
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Kansas Potter
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Benson
Mary Cheffey ...
Joanne
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Dan Howell
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J.W. Weyl ...
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Three recruits land in Navy boot camp in San Diego: Potter from Kansas, wealthy Benson (who has experience with yachts), and dirt-poor Dan. Kansas gets in trouble for not having his cover. Dan has color-vision problems. The company is sent on a training mission to Hawaii, though Dan is sent instead to the Medical Officer, apparently to be discharged, which plunges him into despair. But the Navy isn't quite done with Dan. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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21 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Anchors Aweigh  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This short is on the Warner Bros. DVD for All This, and Heaven Too (1940). See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
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Great Cast, Bland Story
23 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Meet the Fleet (1940)

** (out of 4)

Warner short has a familiar story but some recognizable stars that make it worth sitting through. The film follows three recruits (George Reeves, Herbert Anderson, William T. Orr) as they go through basic training and have to deal with their Petty Officer (Robert Armstrong). Reeves is best known for SUPERMAN and Armstrong for KING KONG so there are two familiar faces that film buffs will want to see but outside of that this film doesn't have too much going for it. Even by 1940, this type of story was pretty drawn out to the point where people would be scratching their heads and asking for something original. The entire film is pretty much of mockery of everything that would be going on in the Navy and once again Armstrong is playing that moron that he played in countless films. I love seeing him but he just doesn't have much to do here. The Technicolor is the one saving grace and there's a great scene in a library where the colors really jump off the screen.


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