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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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"All Kinda Mixed-Up And - Interesting" See more (60 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 (film editor)
Thomas Richards (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell (art direction)
Cedric Gibbons (art direction)
 
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 by: Frank Sinatra
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Axel Stordahl .... orchestrator
Jule Styne .... songs by: 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)

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Trivia:
This was George Stoll's sole Academy Award out of eight nominations.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the beginning of the fantasy sequence Gene Kelly falls into a tunnel. When he gets up there is considerable dirt on his white trousers. A few seconds later, when he leaves the tunnel, his trousers are clean again.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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(All Of A Sudden) My Heart SingsSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"All Kinda Mixed-Up And - Interesting", 13 July 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

MGM was intent on making the most of its hot new properties Kelly and Sinatra in this affable sailor saga. The stars' characters were created with maximum screen impact in mind, and were to be retained (with minor adjustments) in "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and "On The Town". Gene Kelly plays Joe "Sea Wolf" Brady, the twinkle-eyed Irish womaniser who never quite seems to get a woman. Clarence "Brooklyn" Doolittle, Sinatra's screen persona, was put together as a blatant attempt to pander to his bobbysoxer following. He is the bashful, slightly geeky ingenu, pushing his cuteness for all it's worth - "the romantical type fella".

"Anchors Aweigh" set the pattern for a whole assembly line of MGM musicals to come, and one could almost say it established an art-form. Kelly did the choreography, and his first-ever 'dream ballets', two of them, are on display here - the famous pas de deux with Jerry The Mouse, and the Zorro interlude. The dance sequences are brimming with innovative ideas - mixing human action with animation, artistic use of slow motion, 'playing' the items on the craft stall and bouncing on the beds in the servicemen's hostel.

MGM itself appears, almost as a character in the movie, with self-indulgent shots of the art deco facade and the bustle of the back lot. Jose Iturbi, the Spanish musical director contracted to MGM at the time, plays himself in a slightly odd role. He is the big noise at the studio whom Aunt Susie is anxious to impress, and in a bid to give the meandering storyline some cohesion, he opens the film conducting the Navy band (this strange set-up is 'explained' in a later throwaway line: he was brought in to tighten-up the Navy's musical style). There are two problems with giving Iturbi an important role in the movie - one, nobody has ever heard of Jose Iturbi, and two, his Valencian accent is so strong that it renders him virtually unintelligible. But anyhow, Iturbi conducts the said Navy band, and then an orchestra on the MGM sound stage, playing a "Rhapsody In Blue" rip-off. He presides over Aunt Susie's auditon, and plays some classical stuff at the keyboard (including an interesting "Hungarian Rhapsody" at the Hollywood Bowl, with massed pianos).

The plot (if that is not too choate a term for it) goes thus: an aircraft carrier puts in at San Diego, and two sailors are given shore leave. They encounter a little boy who leads them to his pretty Aunt Susie, a taco joint chanteuse who dreams of the big time. Without giving the game away, I can reveal that more than one person falls in love Susie, leading to the customary complications and misunderstandings. The energy and exuberance of the performances, and particularly that of Kelly, carry the madcap action along nicely, and the eccentricities of a storyline which goes from mariachi groups to Tom And Jerry don't seem so very outlandish after all. This new brand of musical comedy, breaking completely with the pre-war conventions of tuxedos and ocean liners, is attractive and refreshing.

Young Mister Sinatra, under a separate contract from the others, sings numbers specially written for him by Jules Styne and Sammy Cahn. By far the best of these formulaic boy-crooner ballads is the final one, "I Fall In Love Too Easily". Throughout the film, Frank sings in his upper register, aiming for a light ballad sound, and consequently not doing any justice to that reedy baritone voice.

The film has attractive visual gimmicks, quite apart from the man-and-cartoon-mouse stuff. Iturbi plays a transparent keyboard, shot from below. In a clever comment on the storyline, Joe rises from the table and physically comes between Clarence and Susie. The string section of the orchestra is filmed playing pizzicato in the reflection of Iturbi's grand piano.

Katherine Grayson is more than adequate playing the female ingenue, and her voice is spectacular, if a little too showy and operatic. The screen test is a knockout coloratura performance.

The film falls away a little towards the end. The Hollywood Bowl is incorporated, one feels, merely to give the movie a photogenic location to use, and this passage distorts the storyline somewhat. The fallings in and out of love are totally arbitrary, and the resolutions hurried and thin. But for all that, "Anchors Aweigh" is fun to watch, and its stylistic innovations paved the way for the great MGM musicals of the next ten years.

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