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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
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H. U. Bennet
James Cross ...
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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

During the costume ball sequence, a female party goer is seen wearing Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West costume, somewhat modified, from The Wizard of Oz (1939). 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

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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Sheer escapist fluff but fun to watch when Powell dances...
18 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ELEANOR POWELL was in top tap-dancing form when she made SHIP AHOY! with RED SKELTON as her bumbling co-star and BERT LAHR for some added laughs, along with VIRGINIA O'BRIEN.

It's a daffy story about a gal asked to transport a magnetic mine aboard a ship to San Juan, Puerto Rico during World War II when Nazi spies were rampant in films of this sort. Her mission is soon in peril and the rest of the plot has her managing to stave off the bad guys with the help of Skelton and Lahr.

Worthwhile really only for the dancing talents of ELEANOR POWELL, who does a specialty number involving Buddy Rich on the drums that has to be seen to be believed. And watch for the young FRANK SINATRA singing with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.

It's a minor MGM musical comedy that deserves at least one watch.


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