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Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  May 1942 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Merton K. Kibble
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Skip Owens
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Fran Evans
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H. U. Bennet
James Cross ...
'Stump', a dancer
Eddie Hartman ...
'Stumpy', a dancer
Stuart Crawford ...
Art Higgins
John Emery ...
Dr. Farno
Bernard Nedell ...
Pietro Polesi
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
The Pied Pipers ...
The Pied Pipers
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John Huddleston ...
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Chuck Lowry ...
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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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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 »

Soundtracks

The Last Call for Love
(1942)
Music and Lyrics by Burton Lane, Margery Cummings and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Sung by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers
Reprised by Tommy Dorsey, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Bert Lahr and Virginia O'Brien at the end
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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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