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Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 November 1953 (USA)
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?

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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?

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WARNER BROS.' HIP-SWINGIEST MUSICAL SHINDIG OF 'EM ALL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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 »

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Marine: [tapping him on the shoulder] Pardon me, Mr. Woods.
Joe Woods: [without turning round] Yeah?
Marine: I'm with the Marine outfit that's backing the show and I, I hear the Navy is taking your leading man tonight.
Joe Woods: Don't worry about it, I'll get another.
Marine: I know. That's what I wanted to talk to you about, Sir. You see, I was wondering if, maybe you could er... what I mean to say is, you see I used to be with the circus once and friends of mine think that I have great deal of, well I don't mean to sound conceited, I was....
Joe Woods: [...]
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Version of Dance Charlie Dance (1937) See more »

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It's Gonna Be a Big Hit
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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First-rate second-rate musical
1 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Warners borrowed Jane Powell from MGM in 1953 and put her in a Doris Day kind of role, as an up- and-coming Broadway leading lady starring in Sam Levene's not-very-integrated-looking musical. Together they charm sailors Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, and Jack E. Leonard (trying to be Jackie Gleason, the Fat Funny One) into investing, and turn an out-of-town flop into a Broadway smash. Not an original story by any means, but it's lively, and the Sammy Fain-Sammy Cahn songs are good. It seems stinting of the screenwriters not to write in a girlfriend for Nelson, who has two spectacular tap numbers, and the no-name supporting characters (Georges Givot as a temperamental Ezio Pinza-like basso, somebody else as the sarcastic secretary, somebody else as the doofus playwright) don't have much interesting to do. But the songs and dances are really lively, and it's a chance to see Levene playing a Nathan Detroit-like schemer at the top of his form. MGM was making better musicals, even Warners was, but this one's an unpretentious good time.


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