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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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Tallulah Winters
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Merton K. Kibble
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Fran Evans
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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
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
Tommy Dorsey and his Band
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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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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 Chicago 8 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 20 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Binghampton NY 11 June 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), by Portland OR 13 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Miami 19 August 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Honolulu 15 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and by Indianapolis 15 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13); in San Francisco its earliest documented telecast did not take place until 19 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) followed by New York City 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Poor You
(1942)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Sung individually by Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton while dancing and Virginia O'Brien
Danced by Jimmy Cross and Eddie Hartman
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Tap Tap Tap, SOS
14 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The necessity of making Ship Ahoy wartime relevant has robbed it a bit of its staying power. Still any film with as much talent as this one has deserves to be preserved and seen. I doubt we'll get a remake.

Eleanor Powell and Virginia O'Brien are part of Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra booked on a cruise to Puerto Rico. Eleanor gets snookered into transporting a new magnetic mine stolen by enemy agents. She then gets suspected herself of being an enemy agent by two collaborating pulp fiction writers, Red Skelton and Bert Lahr. The whole plot of Ship Ahoy is everyone trying to figure out who is on whose side.

Silly plot, but it's really there for a framework for all the acts involved, not the least of which is Frank Sinatra who was the vocalist for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the time. He gets three songs to sing in Ship Ahoy not the best, but it's Sinatra. Dorsey also featured drummer Buddy Rich in a couple of numbers as well. Back in the day Sinatra and Rich did not get along at all.

Eleanor Powell dances well and Red Skelton and Bert Lahr are what you expect from them. Both are funny individually, but as a team they don't quite mesh. It looked like they were trying to top each other. Perhaps had a film been done especially for them and without the wartime contrivances, both would have been better served.

Ship Ahoy is a fun, but dated relic from World War II.


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