Up 5,263 this week

Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 176 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 3 critic

Three navy men run into a shady producer who convinces them to invest into his new show. When they meet the show's female star attraction, they're sold. Have they become the latest showbiz players or just three more suckers?



(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 465 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
a list of 391 titles
created 13 Jul 2012
a list of 364 titles
created 06 May 2013
a list of 686 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
a list of 93 titles
created 11 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)

Three Sailors and a Girl (1953) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Three Sailors and a Girl.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Walk Alone (1948)
Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas
About Face (1952)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three friends enter military school together, but 2 of them don't know that the 3rd one is secretly married.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Eddie Bracken, Dick Wesson
Comedy | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
Criss Cross (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea
Luxury Liner (1948)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl stows away aboard a luxury liner which is full of musical stars--and which her father just happens to be the captain.

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: George Brent, Jane Powell, Lauritz Melchior
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An ex-con, once a cop, now working as security in a college, decides to investigate the murder of one of the students, a daughter of a senator.

Directors: Roland Kibbee, Burt Lancaster
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell
Brute Force (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford
Vera Cruz (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jim Stauton Rogers ('WEndell Corey'), a Texas rancher turned international diplomat, take his young daughter,Elizabeth Rogers (Jane Powell), on a trip to Paris. He is concerned that his ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Jane Powell, Danielle Darrieux, Wendell Corey
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A sassy girl finds herself dead after trading bedrooms with her heiress friend. Her ghost seeks aid from banker Cosmo Topper to find out why and by whom.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Claire Trevor, Virginia Gibson
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, C. Aubrey Smith


Cast overview:
'Choirboy' Jones
Sam Levene ...
Joe Woods
George Givot ...
Emilio Rossi
Veda Ann Borg ...
Faye Foss
Archer MacDonald ...
Melvin Webster
Raymond Greenleaf ...
B.P. Morrow - Bank President
Henry Slate ...
Hank the Sailor
Jack E. Leonard ...


Three navy men run into a shady producer who convinces them to invest into his new show. When they meet the show's female star attraction, they're sold. Have they become the latest showbiz players or just three more suckers?

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The gobs blow in with a wad of dough and back a dreamboat in a Broadway show! See more »


Comedy | Musical






Release Date:

23 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Sailors and a Girl  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Powell's off-screen romance with Gene Nelson ended her marriage, but Nelson's wife refused to give him a divorce. In 1973 Nelson directed her to the made-for-TV movie "The Letters." See more »


Version of The Butter and Egg Man (1928) See more »


There Must Be a Reason
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"When we anchor for what we hanker..."
31 December 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Roy Del Ruth was a talented second-rung director who spent his career shunting from one studio to another, never achieving the valuable symbiosis which boosted the careers of better-known directors who dedicated their talents primarily to one particular studio (such as Ford at Fox, Walsh at Warners, Capra at Columbia, Minnelli at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). 'Three Sailors and a Girl', a brassy musical comedy directed by Del Ruth for Warner Brothers, is an uncredited remake of 'Born to Dance', a 1936 musical directed by Del Ruth for MGM. 'Born to Dance' has better production values, a better cast and a better score (Jimmy Stewart warbling Cole Porter!), but 'Three Sailors and a Girl' is very enjoyable in its own right ... and its plot has almost nothing to do with George S. Kaufman's play 'The Butter and Egg Man', which is inexplicably listed in the credits here as source material.

'Born to Dance' and 'Three Sailors and a Girl' have exactly the same plot: a Navy submarine docks in New York, and three sailors (a singer, a dancer and a funny guy) go ashore. They meet a musically talented actress named Powell who deserves to be a star, and they pool their efforts to make her the star of a hit Broadway musical (as sailors do). In 'Born to Dance', the actress is vivacious tap-dancer Eleanor Powell. In 'Three Sailors and a Girl', the actress is Jane Powell (more brassy than usual, but quite good). The three sailors -- with the unfortunate nicknames Porky, Twitch and Choirboy -- are played by Jack E. Leonard (the funny guy), Gene Nelson (the dancer) and Gordon MacRae (the singer and romantic lead). MacRae was never better than his material, so here he's much less interesting than he was in 'Oklahoma!' and 'Carousel'. Gene Nelson is excellent as the acrobatic dancer, although he too has been better elsewhere.

The real find in this movie is Jack E. Leonard, a vulgar and heavy-set insult comic who pre-dated Don Rickles, and who is not normally considered an actor. He's not very good here, but he's better than I expected him to be, and he might have had a decent career in supporting roles. His 'singing' voice is nothing to boast about, although he acquits himself well alongside Nelson and MacRae in the opening number (a snappy ditty called 'Oh, So Right!'), and he's decent enough in a (poor) comedy number with Jane Powell: 'Show me a happy woman, and I'll show you a miserable man.' Leonard also does a comedy monologue which isn't funny, and which relies heavily on a ludicrous costume and a penguin walk. Jack E. Leonard was severely overweight: a fact which shouldn't have disqualified him from movie roles, but which renders him utterly implausible here in the role of an active-duty sailor. Even more implausibly, the three sailors finance their Broadway musical by having a whip-round among their shipmates (yes, we all know that sailors have got lots of money socked away) ... and then, when these funds prove insufficient, they get further backing from the Marines. (Yes, we all know that the Navy and the Marines always work hand in hand towards mutual goals.) Still, this is a fun movie, and I don't want to dissect the plot line.

Sam Levene, giving his usual performance, is quite good as the sharpy who produces the Broadway musical ... which of course is a hit. There's a totally unexpected (and very funny) cameo appearance by Burt Lancaster as a leatherneck, which leads to Levene speaking the funniest line in the movie.

Except for that Powell/Leonard duet, the songs (by Sammy Fain and Sammy Cahn) are excellent: very nearly as good as Cole Porter's score for 'Born to Dance'. I'll rate 'Three Sailors and a Girl' 7 points out of 10. Delightful!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
Discuss Three Sailors and a Girl (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: