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The Fleet's In (1942)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 24 January 1942 (USA)
After a shy sailor is kissed by a female starlet as part of a publicity stunt, he becomes known as a stud; his friends then bet that he'll be able to defrost an icy nightclub singer.

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Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Sid Silvers (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Lamour ... The Countess
William Holden ... Casey Kirby
Eddie Bracken ... Barney Waters
Betty Hutton ... Bessie Dale
Leif Erickson ... Jake
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Diana Golden
Barbara Britton ... Eileen Wright
Cass Daley ... Cissie
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Leader (as Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
Gil Lamb ... Spike
Jack Norton ... Kellogg
Roy Atwell Roy Atwell ... Arthur Sidney
Robert Warwick ... Admiral Wright
Jean Lorraine Jean Lorraine ... Dance Specialty (as Lorraine and Rognan)
Roy Rognan Roy Rognan ... Dance Specialty (as Lorraine and Rognan)
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Shy sailor Casey Kirby suddenly becomes known as a sea wolf when his picture is taken with a famous actress. His buddies then make a bet with some other sailors that Casey can defrost an icy night club singer known as the Countess. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Every gob in the navy wanted her as his first mate! See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esquadra à Vista See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Barbara Kent. See more »

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Remade as Sailor Beware (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Build a Better Mousetrap
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Betty Hutton (voc) and Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Also performed by Bob Eberly (voc), Helen O'Connell (voc) and Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
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Dorothy Lamour! William Holden! Betty Hutton!
10 March 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Typical 40s musical nonsense without a real plot, but this one is fun and boasts an interesting cast.

Gorgeous Dorothy Lamour stars as The Countess of Swingland, a singer at a local dance spot (and she's excellent). She rooms with Bessie (Betty Hutton in her feature film debut), who provides comic relief. Along come a coupla sailors: shy William Holden and geeky Eddie Bracken. Through a series of errors the guys on the ship think Holden is a major Romeo so they bet a bundle that he can't thaw out The Countess--a famous iceberg.

Lots of songs and variety numbers enliven this silliness plus the stars are all good. This is the film that introduced "Tangerine" here sung by Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (in Jimmy Dorsey's big band). Lamour and company also sing the very nice "I Remember You," which was remade into a semi-hit by Frank Ifield (I had the record). Hutton sings the comic "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry." Cass Daley (I had never seen her before) is sort of a cross between Martha Raye and Judy Canova but can sure sing. Lots of familiar faces here with Dave Willock, Leif Erickson, Robert Warwick, Jack Norton, Barbara Britton, Betty Jane Rhodes, and the odious Gil Lamb (a B version of Ray Bolger). And then there's a dance specialty called Lorraine and Rognan--very funny.

Certainly worth a look for Lamour, Hutton, and Holden.


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