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Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | May 1942 (USA)
Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Matt Brooks (story), Bradford Ropes (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Powell ... Tallulah Winters
Red Skelton ... Merton K. Kibble
Bert Lahr ... 'Skip' Owens
Virginia O'Brien ... Fran Evans
William Post Jr. ... H. U. Bennet
James Cross James Cross ... 'Stump'
Eddie Hartman Eddie Hartman ... 'Stumpy'
Stuart Crawford ... Art Higgins
John Emery ... Dr. Farno
Bernard Nedell ... Pietro Polesi
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey and his Band
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Storyline

Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, but fails to see why she would be involved. The enemy agents got the plan from a pulp novel written by Kibble, who is also on the ship and falls for her. But then she overhears his new novel and believes that he is talking about her. So when they leave the boat, she ignores him, but somehow, the bags get switched and he gets the magnetic mine - which she must later retrieve. It is mainly a Tommy Dorsey showcase with Sinatra singing - Powell dancing - and a small plot. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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M-G-M's Smash Musical Comedy Hit! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Take Manila See more »

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Budget:

$1,037,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film at MGM for Frank Sinatra, where he would be under contract for most of the 1940's. See more »

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When Tallulah Winters is tapping out a message in Morse code, the receiver is writing it down faster than she is sending it. See more »

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'Skip' Owens: [kisses a woman's hand and continues up her arm arm] Sorry, its the salmon in me trying to run upstream.
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Closing Credit: The End America Needs your Money Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps Every Payday. See more »

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Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra at a nightclub in the first scene
Reprised as dance music aboard ship and danced by Red Skelton with Eleanor Powell
Played also as background music
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One stares with wonderment at Eleanor Powell.
22 May 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

The plot of this enjoyable MGM musical is contrived and only occasionally amusing, dealing with espionage and romance but the focus of the film is properly pointed upon the tuneful interludes showcasing the enormously talented and athletic tap dancing Eleanor Powell, abetted by Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, featuring Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra. Red Skelton shares top billing with Powell, and he and sidekick Bert Lahr are given most of the comedic minutes, although Skelton is more effective when he, if it can be believed, performs as Powell's love interest, with Virginia O'Brien actually providing most of the film's humor as the dancer's companion. The technical brilliance of Powell is evidenced during one incredible scene within which Buddy Rich contributes his drumming skills, and which must be viewed several times in order to permit one's breathing to catch up with her precision. Director Edward Buzzell utilizes his large cast well to move the action nicely along despite the rather disjointed script with which he must deal, and permits Powell's cotangent impossibilities to rule the affair, as is appropriate.


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