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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marge Jordan
Jack Oakie ...
Cake O'Hara
Lilibelle Bolton
Powerhouse Bolton
Herbert Anderson ...
Homer Matthews
'Buttons' Johnson
Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Richard Lane ...
'Rocky' Anderson
John Ridgely ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
Georgia Carroll ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member
Navy Blues Sextet Member
Peggy Diggins ...
Navy Blues Sextet Member
Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Loraine Gettman)


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 <>

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Hold Everything for That Wonderful Whirlwind of Gobs, Gals and Glee! See more »


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Release Date:

13 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flottan går iland  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Jackie Gleason. See more »


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 »


Powerhouse Bolton: Well, i just figured we're in so much trouble, we couldn't get in any more.
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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 »


Referenced in Summer of '42 (1971) See more »


Semper Paratus
Music by Francis S. Van Boskerck
Played as background music near the end
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Fun little musical
21 February 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly breezy, and brassy, little musical about U.S. Navy sailors in Hawaii. The plot, as is often the case, isn't anything unusual, but the songs are catchy, Ann Sheridan looks great in a hula skirt (and sings and dances surprisingly well), Jack Haley and Jack Oakie make a hilarious team--they should have made more pictures together--and everybody looks like they're having a great time. Also keep your eye on a very young Jackie Gleason. Even though he doesn't have very much of a part, he still stands out and you can see that he was going to be going places. It's not one of the great musicals of all time, but is definitely worth a look.

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