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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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
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
As they say in the Coast Guard, Semper Paratus.
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