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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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Merton K. Kibble
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'Skip' Owens
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Fran Evans
William Post Jr. ...
H. U. Bennet
James Cross ...
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Eddie Hartman ...
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Art Higgins
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Dr. Farno
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Pietro Polesi
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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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M-G-M's Smash Musical Comedy Hit!


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May 1942 (USA)  »

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I'll Take Manila  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Skip Owens: [kisses a woman's hand and continues up her arm arm] Sorry, its the salmon in me trying to run upstream.
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Crazy Credits

Closing Credit: The End America Needs your Money Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps Every Payday. See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Powell + Lahr + Rich
17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with most of Eleanor Powell's films, this one plays out along the flimsiest of plots. For some reason -- oh it is explained! -- she's selected to transport a magnetic mine to Cuba. Good guys and bad guys compete for the mine and who is who gets confusing. But, as always, Powell's dancing is superb and worth the price of admission. And in this one Lahr plays his cowardly lion, evoking warm memories of that Technicolor film of 1939. A fringe benefit is hearing a young Frank, with that wonderful voice and skinny vulnerability that he abandoned for his wise-guy persona later on. In addition, the great drummer, Buddy Rich, has a wonderful time displaying his virtuosity. Watch particularly for his unique duet with Dorsey's trumpet man, Ziggy Elman. I say "unique" perhaps in ignorance, but I know of no other drum/trumpet sequence like this one on film or records. This film is fun. Even Skelton's goofy persona is relatively restrained. Powell shows again that she is the greatest film dancer ever.


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