The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp.



(original screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Ellen Sayre
Malcolm Randall (as Bill Henry)
Frankie Gimble
Sharon Douglas ...
CPO Harper
Steve Appleby (as Richard Powers)
Larry Nunn ...
Billy Jamison
Mary Treen ...
Wallace Pindell ...
Sailor Joslin (as Wally Pindell)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Recruit Pop Lacy
Chaplain Benson
Hjalmar F. Hanson ...
Great Lakes Naval Station Choir Director (as Commander Hjalmar F. Hanson)
Art Lasky ...
John J. 'Red' Madigan ...


The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp.

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Action, Ahoy! FOR ROMANCE...AND A SHIPLOAD OF THRILLS! (original print ad - many caps) See more »


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Release Date:

26 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Marinheiros São Assim  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Premiered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, with star Robert Lowery, Paramount contractees Susan Hayward, Phyllis Brooks and Albert Dekker and director 'William A. Berke'(as William Berke) in attendance. See more »


In the movie the sailors saluted the petty officer who is a NCO. Only commissioned and warrant officers are saluted. The only exception would be an enlisted Metal of Honor recipient who would be saluted like an officer. Not a goof. Recruits in Navy boot camp must salute everyone except fellow recruits. See more »

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Neither the Right Way Nor the Wrong Way
28 March 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a flag-waving programmer about the lives of boots at the Great Lakes Training Facilities during World War II. It manages to cover all the bases without doing much wrong. This Pine-Thomas feature -- they were known as "Dollar Bills" because of their ability to squeeze out a decent flick on a tight budget -- manages to have a few interesting bits despite a lack of top-notch talent.

The central story, about turning around an unwilling draftee Robert Lowery, who is more interested in winning a boxing championship than the War, and his romance with gorgeous WAVE Jean Parker is a bit subpar, but a fine supporting cast including a humorous ex-shoe clerk Roscoe Karns, cowboy Tom Keene whose son has already died in the war and and Robert Armstrong as their instructor manages to keep things humming along.

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