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Navy Blues (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 September 1941 (USA)
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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Plot Keywords:

ship | navy | contest | hawaii | uniform | See All (17) »

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The Miracle Maritime Musical! 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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Box Office

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

Film debut of Jackie Gleason. See more »

Goofs

During the gunnery awards ceremony, the band is playing, "Semper Paratus". This is the service anthem for the U.S. Coast Guard, and would not be played during a U.S. Navy awards ceremony. See more »

Quotes

Lilibelle Bolton: I've known a lot of swine!
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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

Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
(uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung by Ann Sheridan, Martha Raye and The Navy Blues Sextette with revised lyrics (in the "Navy Blues" number)
Played as background music
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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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