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Tars and Spars (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 10 January 1946 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green




Credited cast:
Janet Blair ... Christine Bradley
Alfred Drake ... Howard Young
Marc Platt ... Junior Casady
Jeff Donnell ... Penny McDougal
Sid Caesar ... Chuck Enders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dottie Wesson ... Mess Hall Server


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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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u.s. navy | sailor | world war two | See All (3) »


Chock - Full of Talent! and NEW SONGS!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

10 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Três Semanas de Amor See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rita Hayworth was going to star in this movie but her pregnancy forced her to withdraw. See more »


Featured in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #1.15 (1948) See more »


Kiss Me Hello, Baby
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Semper Paratus is our guide
14 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of guys who had great success in other entertainment media, Alfred Drake and Sid Caesar, star in this musical from Columbia Tars And Spars. Drake never made another film, but his Broadway success includes Oklahoma, Kismet, and Kiss Me Kate which are certainly laurels to rest on. Caesar did make other big screen appearances. But his greatest success is on television in the Fifties with one of the most successful comedy shows of early TV.

The two of them are Coast Guard enlistees and Drake is trying very hard for sea duty and just can't land it, either on his own or with Caesar scheming on his behalf. But a mistaken impression by Janet Blair makes her think Drake is some kind of war hero. Takes the whole film for these two to get it right.

As for Caesar he's chased the entire film by Jeff Donnell until he decides maybe he ought to settle down. Add Marc Platt for some nice dance numbers and you have the sum and substance of Tars And Spars.

Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn wrote the score. But if they had given Drake and Blair anything as good to sing as Drake had in any of those classic musicals he was associated with he might have had a Hollywood career of sorts.

But Sid Caesar gave us a great example of the sketch comedy he and Milton Berle pioneered in their groundbreaking early TV shows. Caesar really steals this one.

To me Harry Cohn probably thought Drake might be a good musical star and Caesar could be his own version of Danny Kaye. It didn't work out that way, but Tars And Spars is a great chance to see a couple of fine performers in their salad days.

As they say in the Coast Guard, Semper Paratus.

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