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Navy Blues (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  13 September 1941 (USA)
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On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ... See full summary »

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Marge Jordan
Jack Oakie ...
Cake O'Hara
Martha Raye ...
Lilibelle Bolton
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Powerhouse Bolton
Herbert Anderson ...
Homer Matthews
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'Buttons' Johnson
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Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
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Mac
Richard Lane ...
'Rocky' Anderson
John Ridgely ...
Jersey
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Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
Georgia Carroll ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member
Marguerite Chapman ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member
Peggy Diggins ...
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Leslie Brooks ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Loraine Gettman)
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On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ has just transferred aboard their ship. What they haven't learned, however, is that the marksman's enlistment is up before the contest is supposed to take place. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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MEET the GIRLS! GREET the GOBS! HEAR the SONGS! (original ad - almost all caps) See more »


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13 September 1941 (USA)  »

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Flottan går iland  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Navy Blues Sextet were the winners of a contest in which U.S. soldiers were asked to pick the six most beautiful women from a field of 150, many of whom were Warner Bros. contract actresses. The winners were Georgia Carroll, Alexis Smith, Loraine Gettman (Leslie Brooks), Kay Aldridge, Marguerite Chapman and Peggy Diggins. Smith was replaced by Claire James when she was assigned a role in Dive Bomber (1941). See more »

Goofs

During the gunnery awards ceremony, the band is playing, "Semper Paratus". This is the service anthem for the U.S. Coast Guard, and would not be played during a U.S. Navy awards ceremony. See more »

Quotes

Cake O'Hara: Why i'm so lucky, the horses put MY shoes up over their doors!
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Crazy Credits

The actors spell out the words 'The End' as they sing and march into formation at the very end. See more »

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References Affectionately Yours (1941) See more »

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Semper Paratus
(uncredited)
Music by Francis S. Van Boskerck
Played as background music near the end
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Navy Blues is interesting as the film debut of one Jackie Gleason though don't expect his full-fledged personality here
18 July 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is one of three movies I'm reviewing consecutively featuring a comic who'd make a more lasting impact on television a decade later. Jackie Gleason (here credited with a C as a middle initial) was seen by Jack Warner in a nightclub and got a contract with the Warner Bros. studio as a result. This was his film debut. He plays a sailor named Tubby who-among others in uniform-are after Jack Oakie and Jack Haley after they seem to take their money though those two hope to win big in a contest concerning a new transfer of Herbert Anderson on board. I'll stop there and also mention that a couple of women-Martha Raye and Ann Sheridan-also star. They sing some enjoyable musical numbers as do Oakie and Haley. I thought the visual humor was funnier than much of the verbal wisecracks and perhaps some trimming could have been done to the story. As for Gleason, well, don't expect his wisecracking personality to be in full force here though it's amusing seeing him getting doused in the face with water or occasionally getting a wisecrack through. So in summary, Navy Blues is worth a look for seeing early Gleason in action.


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