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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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Stuart Crawford ...
Art Higgins
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Dr. Farno
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Pietro Polesi
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
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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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I'll Take Manila  »

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Trivia

This is Frank Sinatra's second film appearance, not his first. He appeared with the Dorsey Band in Las Vegas Nights the previous year. 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: [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 »

Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Bay
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Sung by Frank Sinatra with The Pied Pipers
Danced by Eleanor Powell with chorus girls
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Ocean cruise to Puerto Rico
22 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Ship Ahoy" was probably made in order to showcase MGM talent. The film is a fun trip on an ocean liner on its way to San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the time in which the country was involved in WWII. This was typical fare for the studios, which gave the movie going public light weight entertainment as a distraction during those difficult times the country was living.

The beautiful Eleanor Powell is seen at her best in some musical numbers where she clearly shows us she was a dancer to be reckoned with. Red Skelton is also seen in a straight part with not too much clowning, as he pursues the beautiful Ms. Powell on the ship that is bringing them to Puerto Rico. The irresistible Bert Lahr has good opportunities in the film to show he was a funny man. Also Virginia Grey is seen as a fun girl who is not fooled by anyone.

There are good musical numbers featuring Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, in which one sees, among others, the amazing Buddy Rich, who has a few solos with Mr. Dorsey and Ms. Powell. A young Frank Sinatra appears also as the lead singer of the band, backed by the Pied Pipers.

This is a nostalgic trip that should be savored by fans of this genre, which MGM totally controlled.


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