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Navy Blues (1941)

On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Marge Jordan
Jack Oakie ... Cake O'Hara
Martha Raye ... Lilibelle Bolton
Jack Haley ... Powerhouse Bolton
Herbert Anderson ... Homer Matthews
Jack Carson ... 'Buttons' Johnson
Jackie Gleason ... Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
William T. Orr ... Mac
Richard Lane ... 'Rocky' Anderson
John Ridgely ... Jersey
Kay Aldridge ... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
Georgia Carroll ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Marguerite Chapman ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Peggy Diggins ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Leslie Brooks ... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Loraine Gettman)
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Storyline

On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ has just transferred aboard their ship. What they haven't learned, however, is that the marksman's enlistment is up before the contest is supposed to take place. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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ship | navy | contest | hawaii | uniform | See All (18) »

Taglines:

Hold Everything for That Wonderful Whirlwind of Gobs, Gals and Glee! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flottan går iland See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Navy Blues Sextet were the winners of a contest in which U.S. soldiers were asked to pick the six most beautiful women from a field of 150, many of whom were Warner Bros. contract actresses. The winners were Georgia Carroll, Alexis Smith, Loraine Gettman (John Amero), Kay Aldridge, Marguerite Chapman and Peggy Diggins. Smith was replaced by Claire James when she was assigned a role in Dive Bomber (1941). See more »

Goofs

There have only been three ships named for the city Cleveland. The first was cruiser C-19 commissioned in 1903 and scrapped in 1930. Long before the time, this film is set in. The second was CL-55, a light cruiser commissioned in 1942 which was after the time this film is set in. And the third was LPD-7 and amphibious transport dock commissioned in 1967. So there was no U.S.S. Cleveland with the U.S. Navy during the time represented in this film. See more »

Quotes

Lilibelle Bolton: If I knew ya was so dumb, I never woulda married ya!
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Crazy Credits

The actors spell out the words 'The End' as they sing and march into formation at the very end. See more »

Connections

References Manpower (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Navy Blues
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Ann Sheridan, Martha Raye and many cast members
Played as background music often
Reprised by The Navy Blues Sextet and sailors at the end
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Fun, upbeat Navy flick from JUST before pearl harbor
18 November 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

With a ukulele playing in the background, and all those HUGE Hollywood names, how could you NOT have a great time? Haley (The Tin Man!), Ann Sheridan & Jack Carson from SO many great films. Martha Raye, Jackie Gleason. Herb Anderson is in here as the dumb hick; Anderson will be Henry Mitchell, Dennis the Menace's dad in the TV series. Jack Oakie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Dictator. In our story, Cake (Oakie) and Powerhouse (Haley) set up a gambling scam in a get rich quick scheme aboard a navy ship. This film was released in September 1941, so J-U-S-T a couple months before the big surprise at Pearl Harbor. It definitely still has the upbeat, happy go lucky feeling of fun and adventure in the Navy. Their entire gig depends on Homer (Anderson), but of course it all comes apart at the seams. Sound and picture are excellent. The story moves right along. Jack Carson doesn't have much of a role here, but it all works! I had never seen this one before... hopefully Turner will show it often -- it's fun. There's a slightly dirty song about all the things that happen "In Waikiki"... and of course a drag number with Oakie and Haley. I'm surprised at the lower rating, as of today, only 6.5 stars. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, who had started in the silents. Bacon worked with Lucy on a couple films, and made a truckload of war timers during WW II.


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