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Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | May 1942 (USA)
Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Merton K. Kibble
Skip Owens
Fran Evans
William Post Jr. ...
H. U. Bennet
James Cross ...
'Stump', a dancer
Eddie Hartman ...
'Stumpy', a dancer
Stuart Crawford ...
Art Higgins
Dr. Farno
Pietro Polesi
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
The Pied Pipers ...
The Pied Pipers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Huddleston ...
Member Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)
Chuck Lowry ...
Member Pied Pipers (as The Pied Pipers)


Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, but fails to see why she would be involved. The enemy agents got the plan from a pulp novel written by Kibble, who is also on the ship and falls for her. But then she overhears his new novel and believes that he is talking about her. So when they leave the boat, she ignores him, but somehow, the bags get switched and he gets the magnetic mine - which she must later retrieve. It is mainly a Tommy Dorsey showcase with Sinatra singing - Powell dancing - and a small plot. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I'll Take Manila  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 20 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere did not take place until 19 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 9 October 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


When Tallulah Winters is tapping out a message in Morse code, the receiver is writing it down faster than she is sending it. See more »


Skip Owens: [kissing girls hand and begins to go up arm] oh, sorry - its the salmon in me trying to run upstream
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Closing Credit: The End America Needs your Money Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps Every Payday. See more »


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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
First line sung a cappella by Bert Lahr twice
Played as background music when Merton and Skip are in the lifeboat
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What Fun!
20 May 2002 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

What fun! Bucketfuls of good humor, terrific cast chemistry (Skelton/Powell/Lahr/O'Brien), dynamite Dorsey-driven soundtrack! Miss Powell's dance numbers have exceptional individual character and pizzazz. Her most winning film appearance.

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