The U.S. Navy Band, conducted by Charles Brendler, stands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They play "Anchors Away" as we see footage of ships at sea. After a swing tune and a march, the camera into the the Memorial as the band and chorus perform a slow version of "Don't Give Up the Ship." A family of grandfather, sailor, and two lads stand before the statue of Lincoln. The band then goes up-tempo as we see reenactment footage of a 1779 encounter between the USS Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis. We transition from John Paul Jones to an image of Admiral E.J. King and contemporary war footage. Back on the steps of the Memorial, the band forms a "V" for its final number. Written by
Musical short from Warner was another in their series of WWII films that showed our men not fighting but instead creating music. I've seen three or four of these shorts and they're all fairly simple with stock footage being used with the music playing in the background. There's really nothing ground breaking here but it is nice seeing some of our soldiers doing other things rather than just fighting. We get several songs here being led by Charles Brendler and some of the highlights are "Anchors Aweigh", "Don't Give Up the Ship" and "V Calls for Victory". The band, which apparently toured the country, is pretty good in their own right and turn in good renditions of the songs.
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