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Director:
Writers:
Isobel Lennart (screen play)
Natalie Marcin (suggested by a story by)
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Release Date:
13 August 1945 (Brazil) See more »
Tagline:
On waves of song . . . laughter and romance ! Two love-lost sailors on a four-day leave of fun and frivolity ! See more »
Plot:
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. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the most popular musicals of the period… See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Clarence Doolittle

Kathryn Grayson ... Susan Abbott

Gene Kelly ... Joseph Brady
José Iturbi ... Himself

Dean Stockwell ... Donald Martin
Pamela Britton ... Girl from Brooklyn
Rags Ragland ... Police Sergeant (as 'Rags' Ragland)

Billy Gilbert ... Cafe Manager
Henry O'Neill ... Admiral Hammond
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos (as Carlos Ramirez)
Edgar Kennedy ... Police Captain
Grady Sutton ... Bertram Kraler

Leon Ames ... Admiral's Aide
Sharon McManus ... Little Girl Beggar
James Flavin ... Radio Cop
James Burke ... Studio Cop
Henry Armetta ... Hamburger Man
Chester Clute ... Iturbi's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mimi Aguglia ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Paulita Arvizu ... Cashier in Café (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Salad Cook on Olvera Street (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Sailor Asking Joe to Get Autographs (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Old Doorman (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... Jerry Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... Soldier (uncredited)
Alex Callam ... Commander (uncredited)
John Cannon ... Sailor (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Test Director (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Iturbi's Butler (uncredited)

Douglas Cowan ... Sailor (uncredited)
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Hollywood Bowl Janitor (uncredited)
Romere Darling ... Waitress (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Man in Caé (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Hollywood Bowl Cop (uncredited)
Virginia Engels ... Woman with Cop (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Sailor (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Don Garner ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jane Green ... USO Mother (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Sailor Discussing Lola (uncredited)
Phil Hanna ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lottie Harrison ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Jack Harvey ... Admiral (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Marine (uncredited)
Ben Heideman ... Mexican Cook (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Old Cop (uncredited)
Gloria Hope ... Receptionist (uncredited)
John James ... Sailor (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Bartender Serving Double Scotch (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Milkman (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Kindergarten Teacher (uncredited)
Orley Lindgren ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack Luden ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Lana Turner Impersonator (uncredited)

Gloria Marlen ... Woman (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Shore Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Lock Martin ... Giant (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Hamburger Woman (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Connie Montoya ... Waitress (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Passerby (uncredited)
Billy Nelson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Bea Nigro ... (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Cop (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... 2nd Soldier at USO (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... USO Mother (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... 1st Sailor on Pay Phone (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... (uncredited)
Allen Ray ... Sailor (uncredited)
Paul Regan ... Marine (uncredited)
Renie Riano ... Studio Waitress (uncredited)
Sondra Rodgers ... Jean (uncredited)
Naomi Scher ... Waitress (uncredited)
Jerry Shane ... Sailor (uncredited)
Connie Starr ... Waitress (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Assistant Movie Director (uncredited)
Tom Trout ... Sailor (uncredited)
Elinor Troy ... Tall Woman (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jerry Warren ... (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... USO Mother (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... USO Mother (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (screen play)

Natalie Marcin (suggested by a story by)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Calvin Jackson (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles P. Boyle (director of photography) (as Charles Boyle)
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Thomas Richards (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Jay Marchant .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Z. Flaster .... re-recording effects mixer (uncredited)
James Z. Flaster .... unit mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Glassberg .... second camera (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ed Barge .... animator (uncredited)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (uncredited)
Ray Patterson .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Earl K. Brent .... vocal arrangements: Kathryn Grayson (as Earl Brent)
Sammy Cahn .... songs: Frank Sinatra
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Axel Stordahl .... orchestrator
Jule Styne .... songs: Frank Sinatra
Pete Decker .... music mixer (uncredited)
Carmen Dragon .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Gene Kelly .... dance sequences created by
Joseph Barbera .... cartoon sequence (uncredited)
Jack Donohue .... dance director (uncredited)
William Hanna .... cartoon sequence (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
143 min | USA:140 min (DVD version) | West Germany:119 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (2005) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #10433) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gene Kelly's now iconic dance with Jerry the cartoon mouse took two months and $100,000 to produce.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the opening sequence the Navy band is supposed to be standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. As the camera pulls back it is obvious that most of the deck is simply painted on and that the "deck" ends about twenty feet in front of the band.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jealousy (Jalousie)See more »

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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
One of the most popular musicals of the period…, 27 March 2005

Released some months before the end of the war, "Anchors Aweigh" is one of Gene Kelly's major musical triumphs of the forties…

Under the direction of George Sidney, it had the benefits of a pleasant score, and—best of all—the services of Gene Kelly in his first true starring role at MGM… The year before, in Columbia's "Cover Girl," he had revealed an innovative approach to dance on the screen, a light but agreeable singing voice, and considerable charm In "Anchors Aweigh," although he was billed under Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson, he was laying the solid groundwork for his most revealing years at MGM…

The film's story, a kind of dry run for "On the Town" four years later, follows sailors Kelly and Sinatra on shore leave, spend their holiday in Hollywood, where they become involved in the affairs of an aspiring singer (Grayson) and her little nephew (Dean Stockwell).

Grayson, it appears, has her heart set on an audition with conductor-pianist Jose Iturbi… She gets the audition, of course; Kelly gets Grayson after some misunderstandings; and Sinatra, has forgotten to be shy, and has lost his heart to a girl from Brooklyn (Pamela Britton).

The plot is conventional for the period but, regrettably, it now seems barely tolerable… But there is Gene Kelly, who dominates the movie with his agreeable personality… Perhaps he grins too much, but when is permitted to dance, the film finally lifts off the ground…

"I Begged Her," his early song and dance with Sinatra, is amusing and slightly absurd, in which he imagines himself as a bandit chieftain in a Spanish courtyard, courting maiden Grayson with a flamboyant flamenco dance and some athletic leaps… He also does a charming Mexican dance with little Sharon McManus in the square of a Mexican settlement in Los Angeles…

The highlight of the movie, however, is Kelly's famous dance with the cartoon character Jerry the Mouse (of "Tom and Jerry" fame). Delightful and innovative, it skillfully combines live action and animation in its tale of a sad mouse king who refuses to allow music in his kingdom until Kelly, a sailor in the "Pomeranian Navy," wearing a striped shirt and a beret, shows him how to dance… "Look at me, I'm dancin'!" says the gleeful mouse king...

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