Howard Young is a coast guardsman who has been on shore duty for three years despite his efforts to be sent into action. His nearest approach to sea duty was on a harbor-moored life raft ...
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Howard Young is a coast guardsman who has been on shore duty for three years despite his efforts to be sent into action. His nearest approach to sea duty was on a harbor-moored life raft for 21 days as part of an experiment with a new type of vitamin gum for the government. He meets Christine Bradley, a SPAR, sent to take over his communications job and, by things he leaves unsaid, she thinks his life-raft experience was the result of a ship-wreck at sea.Written by
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Alfred Drake and Marc Platt have the dual distinction of having both created the lead role of Curly in the original Broadway cast of "Oklahoma!" (1943). Drake played the role in terms of acting and singing while Platt danced the role in Agnes DeMille's landmark ballet that closed the first act. See more »
When it comes to the title of this film, I learned something. Apparently SPARs were women in the Coast Guard--like the WACs in the Army and WAVs in the Navy.
The story begins with Howard (Alfred Drake) completing a grueling 21 day stint aboard a life raft. No, he was not in action but it was a test by the Coast Guard on survival skills. However, by the time Howard goes on a date with the SPAR Christine (Janet Blair), exploits of his time of the raft were completely blown out of proportion--to 53 days AND he had shot down dozens of enemy plains! She is angry at him...but this anger doesn't last. But what does last is Howard's anger at always being stationed away from the action. For three years he's been in the service and has never seen action yet.
This is a strange film, as there are LOTS of song and dance numbers...far too many if you ask me. They made life in the Coast Guard seem amazingly soft...though in reality they suffered the highest attrition rates during the war. They were NOT constantly singing and dancing (only on weekends and days off)! It is interesting, however, to see Sid Caesar doing many of these songs here in his first film. Overall, a time-passer and not much more. I am pretty sure the film didn't go great in the theaters as it came out just a few months AFTER the war ended...and by then I am sure audiences were looking for something else.
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