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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marge Jordan
... Cake O'Hara
... Lilibelle Bolton
... Powerhouse Bolton
... Homer Matthews
... 'Buttons' Johnson
... Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
... Mac
... 'Rocky' Anderson
... Jersey
... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
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... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Loraine Gettman)
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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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MEET the GIRLS! GREET the GOBS! HEAR the SONGS! (original ad - almost all caps) See more »


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13 September 1941 (USA)  »

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Flottan går iland  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Cake O'Hara: Hey, Buffalo Bill, take it easy with that artillery.
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The actors spell out the words 'The End' as they sing and march into formation at the very end. See more »

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Referenced in Gleason (2002) See more »

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Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
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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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Fine, as long as it's singing and dancing
30 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

A Warners musical that feels more like Paramount, with the Paramount contractee Martha Raye in a lead and a lightheartedness that one doesn't associate with Warners. And Jack Haley and Jack Oakie, as lovable-bumbling Navy men, try to get a Hope and Crosby rhythm going (their relationship is also very Dennis Morgan-Jack Carson, who did this sort of thing at Warners a few years later; Carson, meanwhile, is here as their exasperated commanding officer, taking lots of pratfalls and water-in-the-face takes). Ann Sheridan is around to be glamorous and sing, pleasantly, and Herbert Anderson is given something of a (failed) star buildup as her love interest. But the real stars are songwriters Arthur Schwartz and Johnny Mercer, who open the film with a ten-minute title song with yards of plot-exposition lyrics and follow it up with unusually funny, incisive, tuneful songcrafting. The plotting isn't up to much, and it's overlong, but the musical numbers are all keepers.


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