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In the Navy (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 May 1941 (USA)
Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »


Arthur Lubin


Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), John Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Smokey Adams
Lou Costello ... Pomeroy Watson
Dick Powell ... Thomas Halstead
Claire Dodd ... Dorothy Roberts
The Andrews Sisters ... Patty Andrews / Maxene Andrews / LaVerne Andrews
Dick Foran ... Dynamite Dugan
Billy Lenhart Billy Lenhart ... Butch
Kenneth Brown Kenneth Brown ... Buddy
Shemp Howard ... Dizzy
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Dance Specialty (as The Condos Brothers)
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Dance Specialty (as The Condos Brothers)


Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to Russ and she tries everything she can to get a picture of him to prove he's Russ Raymond. Tommy's friends, Pomeroy Watson and Smokey Adams,help him while Pomeroy writes love letters to Patty Andrews. But because Smokey makes Pomeroy lie about himself in the letters, and when Patty comes to the Navy base, she's furious at Pomeroy. When Pomeroy, Smokey, Tommy and the Andrews sisters set sail for Hawaii, Pomeroy discovers there's a tomato in the potato locker, and she's been snapping shots of Tommy the whole trip. Whether Pomeroy's proving that 7 x 13 = 28 - three different ways, having Smokey help him play ship captain for Patty, or falling out of his hammock, it's an Abbott and Costello classic. Written by Lindsay Smith <dsmith@wev.twc.com>

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THE FLEET'S ALL IN...Since Those Riotous "Buck Privates" Abbott and Costello Joined Up! (original poster) See more »


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The original trailer features brief shots from two scenes trimmed from the movie before release. The first features Costello in some business with a baby, evidently from the street scene early in the film; it may have been an extension of the business with the baby in the carriage (who was actually Lou's daughter). The second features Dick Powell and Claire Dodd sitting in a pond, likely intended to be part of the Hawaii scene. See more »


Seaman Pomeroy Watson: I'm going to buy every record the Andrews Sisters ever made.
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References Buck Privates (1941) See more »


The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Lyrics by Roger Lewis
Played aboard ship during the "Sons of Neptune" sequence
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A&C's best service comedy
12 January 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

The duo's second service comedy of 1941 is also one of their best films. The humor abounds, especially in the sequence where Costello tries to impress the Andrews Sisters by captaining the ship. The comic highlights of the film are the "Lemon Bit" (watch as the boys try to keep a straight face) and Costello's efforts to get into a hammock.

The romantic subplot isn't bad, either, as the always excellent Dick Powell croons his way into Claire Dodd's heart. One may find themself wrapped up in this plotline, unlike most romantic subplots in A&C's films.

Funny material, the Andrews Sisters, a decent plot and an appearance by the one and only Shemp Howard make "In The Navy" an A&C treat. 8 out of 10.

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Release Date:

30 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hello, Sailor See more »


Box Office


$380,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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