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Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | June 1944 (USA)
A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Richard Connell (original screenplay), Gladys Lehman (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... John Dyckman Brown III
June Allyson ... Patsy Deyo
Gloria DeHaven ... Jean Deyo
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi
Jimmy Durante ... Billy Kipp
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Harry James ... Harry James
Xavier Cugat ... Xavie Cugat
Tom Drake ... Frank Miller
Henry Stephenson ... John Dyckman Brown I
Henry O'Neill ... John Dyckman Brown II
Ben Blue ... Ben Blue
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramirez
Frank Sully ... Marine Sergeant
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Storyline

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

M-G-M's Ship-Shapely Musical

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Sisters and a Sailor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,420,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While the film made Van Johnson and June Allyson a bona fide box office team, co-star Gloria DeHaven was unable to rise above the rank of supporting player. Largely based on this film's success, DeHaven had difficulty reconciling with the fact that she had not reached the pinnacle of Allyson and Johnson's stardom, which led her to turn down role after role at MGM, most notably amoral gold digger Pat McClellan, the part Patricia Marshall inherited in Good News (1947) -- not coincidentally an Allyson star vehicle. DeHaven spent much of her tenure at the studio on suspension, determined to play leading roles, even if nominal, in films such as Summer Holiday (1948) and The Yellow Cab Man (1950). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Nizby: What is the matter with people?
The Carpenter: They're people!
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Crazy Credits

The background for the opening credits is a drawing of a stage with part of the proscenium arch and curtain visible on the left side of the screen. As each credit is shown a caricature representing that person or persons appears on the stage near the bottom of the screen. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Ritual Fire Dance
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Manuel de Falla
Performed by José Iturbi and Amparo Iturbi
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Two Girls, A Sailor and a host of MGM talent!
6 October 2005 | by GreensleevesSee all my reviews

Perky June Allyson and lovely Gloria DeHaven are two vaudevillians given a chance to open their own canteen for military personnel by a mysterious benefactor. The very thin plot revolves around this simple premise and at over two hours running time it becomes very stretched indeed. However, as this is an MGM movie, there is much to enjoy thanks to the plethora of studio talent involved. The highlights for me were gorgeous Virginia O'Brien doing her usual 'deadpan' number, June Allyson's terrific 'Young Man With A Horn', beautiful Lena Horne singing 'Paper Doll' and who could resist Jimmy Durante performing 'Inka Dinka Doo'? The production is lavish with huge sets, hundreds of extras and fabulous costumes. The bizarre dream sequence is quite eye-popping and even includes a fashion parade with some truly beautiful models. Quite an extravaganza!


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