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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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"Red", Radio's Bad Boy, Is Good In This One! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter Robert Young was to co-star in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

'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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Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
First line sung a cappella by Bert Lahr twice
Played as background music when Merton and Skip are in the lifeboat
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Light hearted, average musical comedy
4 February 2005 | by alfiefamilySee all my reviews

If you are like me, you love to watch even average or bad old movies just to see if you can spot up and coming stars in the background. Or maybe it's to be able to see stars that you wouldn't normally see at film retrospectives, or maybe it's to try to get an indication of why they were once considered to be great talents.

"Ship Ahoy" is such a picture. Released in 1942, it tells the story of how a chorus girl( a beautiful Eleanor Powell) unwittingly becomes involved as a Japanese spy during WWII. The story is totally forgettable and ridiculous, and the songs (some by E.Y."Yip" Harburg and Burton Lane" are not memorable. But this is still an interesting movie to watch.

It is a wonderful snapshot that shows us why Powell, Red Skelton, and especially Bert Lahr were big stars. Especially Lahr, who most people only remember either from "The Wizard of Oz" or the Lays Potato chip ads (I realize I'm dating myself with that last reference). Lahr is hysterical as a would-be playboy who assists Skelton in writing a series of hair-brained adventure stories. His scenes with Virginia O'Brien are the best in the movie.

This film is also noted as being the film debut for a skinny kid from Hoboken, N.J. named Frank Sinatra. Although he does not sing any songs of note, he does have an instant presence on the screen. Also, look fast to see future stars Hilary Brooke and John Raitt.

"Ship Ahoy" is never going to be a classic, but it is a film that film history fans should see.

6 out of 10


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