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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
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Cake O'Hara
Martha Raye ...
Lilibelle Bolton
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Powerhouse Bolton
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Homer Matthews
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'Buttons' Johnson
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Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
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Richard Lane ...
'Rocky' Anderson
John Ridgely ...
Jersey
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Navy Blues Sextette Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
Georgia Carroll ...
Navy Blues Sextette Member
Marguerite Chapman ...
Navy Blues Sextette Member
Peggy Diggins ...
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Leslie Brooks ...
Navy Blues Sextette 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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Hold Everything for That Wonderful Whirlwind of Gobs, Gals and Glee! See more »


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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)

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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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Soundtracks

When Are We Going to Land Abroad
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jack Haley and Jack Oakie
Reprised by the sailors on ship
Reprised at the end
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Fun, upbeat Navy flick from JUST before pearl harbor
18 November 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

With a ukulele playing in the background, and all those HUGE Hollywood names, how could you NOT have a great time? Haley (The Tin Man!), Ann Sheridan & Jack Carson from SO many great films. Martha Raye, Jackie Gleason. Herb Anderson is in here as the dumb hick; Anderson will be Henry Mitchell, Dennis the Menace's dad in the TV series. Jack Oakie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Dictator. In our story, Cake (Oakie) and Powerhouse (Haley) set up a gambling scam in a get rich quick scheme aboard a navy ship. This film was released in September 1941, so J-U-S-T a couple months before the big surprise at Pearl Harbor. It definitely still has the upbeat, happy go lucky feeling of fun and adventure in the Navy. Their entire gig depends on Homer (Anderson), but of course it all comes apart at the seams. Sound and picture are excellent. The story moves right along. Jack Carson doesn't have much of a role here, but it all works! I had never seen this one before... hopefully Turner will show it often -- it's fun. There's a slightly dirty song about all the things that happen "In Waikiki"... and of course a drag number with Oakie and Haley. I'm surprised at the lower rating, as of today, only 6.5 stars. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, who had started in the silents. Bacon worked with Lucy on a couple films, and made a truckload of war timers during WW II.


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