Show business twin sisters Rosemary and Susie, one serious and the other a scatterbrain, join the WAVES and both fall in love with crooner Johnny Cabot.

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Susan / Rosemary Allison
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Windy 'Pinetop' Windhurst
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Catherine Craig ...
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Twin sisters Rosemary and Susie Allison are successful nightclub performers. Their act is about to come to a close when serious-minded Rosemary announces she's joining the Waves. Fun-loving Susie decides to enlist also, especially after she learns that crooner Johnny Cabot has just been drafted by the Navy. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A sprightly mock-gospel number, the 1945 Oscar-nominated "Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) was represented on the "Billboard" singles chart by a couple of second-place finishers: one 78 via Decca Records by Bing Crosby, teamed with The Andrews Sisters (who did not appear in the picture), plus another 78 on Capitol from singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer, supported by The Pied Pipers (who were not featured in the movie). See more »

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When Betty Hutton begins to write a letter, she is shown in medium shot and she is obviously just scribbling on the paper, but after the cut to an over-the-shoulder shot, the writing does not match and it is neat and legible. See more »

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Susan: [With a whiskey flask] I got something here that'll warm us up but quick. Have one?
Johnny Cabot: No, thanks.
Susan: Well, down the hatch as you sailors say.
Johnny Cabot: [Looking at the flask] Hah! That's the stiff that puts waves on your permanent.
Susan: Sure you won't have one?
Johnny Cabot: [Doubtfully] Did you leave any?
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Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Bing Crosby and Sonny Tufts
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Acc-Cen-Tu-Ate the Positive
23 October 2007 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Do you recall the brouhaha when Elvis was drafted? Well, that's nothing compared to what happens when the Navy lowers their physical requirements and the bobbysoxer's idol Johnny Cabot (Bing Crosby) enlists. Bing is quite funny spoofing that Hoboken lad as he ca-roons into the microphone for legions of swooning gals. His biggest fan is entertainer turned WAVE Susie Allison (Betty Hutton) who goes ga-ga in a big way. Susie's twin sister Rosemary (Betty Hutton) is the more sensible and reserved type so, naturally, Johnny falls for her. Sonny Tufts is appealing as a sailor pal with his own agenda. Lots of laughs and Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer tunes make this wartime morale booster a pleasant way to spend an evening. Look for Ann Doran and Noel Neil in uniform.

Time capsule alert: The Arlen/Mercer standard "Acc-Cen-Tu-Ate the Positive" is introduced in this feature. Georgia boy Johnny Mercer wrote the tune to a specific cadence that fans of his recordings recognize and enjoy. I'm certain no offence was meant (even at such as late date as 1944) by introducing the song in blackface, but oh my, that sort of thing can be hard to take in 2007. On the plus side the performance of the song is straight-forward and attached to a delightful ensemble dance routine.


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