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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | August 1945 (USA)
Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Sergeant (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Cafe Manager
Carlos (as Carlos Ramirez)
Police Captain
Bertram Kraler
Admiral's Aide
Sharon McManus ...
Radio Cop


Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Release Date:

August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leven anclas  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 4 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Seattle Saturday 5 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Portland OR 15 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Chicago 3 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 8 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 15 March 1957 on WHNC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 23 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and in Minneapolis 7 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); in New York City it was initially shown Friday 7 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2) followed by San Francisco 9 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »


The factual mistake about Joe's rating chevrons was incorrectly entered as a goof. The Gunners Mate rating badge, among some others, was worn on the right sleeve until April 2, 1949. See more »


[first lines]
Admiral Hammond: On behalf of your commanding officer I'm sure I can tell Mr. Jose Iturbi that the officers and crew of ship are grateful to him for coming here, to lead our naval bands in this ceremony.
José Iturbi: Along with every other civilian, it is I who am grateful to you, and to all the men in the United States navy.
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Largo al factotum della città
(1816) (uncredited)
from "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly singing and dancing on the shore
8 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Joseph Brady and Clarence Doolittle are two sailors, who have a four-day shore leave in Hollywood.Joe knows everything about girls and can't wait to see Lola, while Clarence is shyer and needs some advice from his buddy on how to meet girls.They then run into a little boy, Donald Martin, who has ran away in order to join the navy.They take him home and meet his beautiful aunt Susan, who wants to be a singer.Clarence wants Susie to be his girl, but his shyness gets in the way.But he doesn't feel shy with a waitress, who comes from Brooklyn, like he does.Soon Joe notices he's in love with Susie.The boys are in a fix when they lie to Susie on meeting with a big time music producer they don't even know.As they are in a fix with their feelings.George Sidney's Anchors Aweigh (1945) is a great musical comedy.Gene Kelly is top-notch, once again, in his singing and dancing routines.Frank Sinatra is terrific as the shy guy from Brooklyn.Shy isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Frank Sinatra, but he plays his part well.Kathryn Grayson is fantastic as Susan Abbott.We sadly lost this gifted actress and operatic soprano singer last month at the age of 88.The 9-year old Dean Stockwell does amazing job as the little fellow wanting to become a sailor.Jose Iturbi does great job performing himself.It's magic what he does with the piano.Edgar Kennedy plays Chief of police station.Sara Berner is the voice of Jerry Mouse.There's a lot of great stuff in this movie and some fantastic singing and dancing numbers.Just look at Kelly and Sinatra performing "We Hate to Leave".It's so energetic."If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" is quite funny.It's a nice moment when Frank sings Brahms' Lullaby to little Dean Stockwell.It's lovely to listen to Grayson singing the tango "Jealousy" .The most memorable sequence is the one that takes into the animated fantasy world, and there Gene sings and dances with Jerry Mouse.Also Tom Cat is seen there as the butler.They originally asked Mickey Mouse but he refused.The movie was nominated for five Oscars but Georgie Stoll got one for Original Music Score.Anchors Aweigh is some high class entertainment.

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