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Navy Blues (1941)

On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Marge Jordan
Jack Oakie ... Cake O'Hara
Martha Raye ... Lilibelle Bolton
Jack Haley ... Powerhouse Bolton
Herbert Anderson ... Homer Matthews
Jack Carson ... 'Buttons' Johnson
Jackie Gleason ... Tubby (as Jackie C. Gleason)
William T. Orr ... Mac
Richard Lane ... 'Rocky' Anderson
John Ridgely ... Jersey
Kay Aldridge ... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Katharine Aldridge)
Georgia Carroll ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Marguerite Chapman ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Peggy Diggins ... Navy Blues Sextet Member
Leslie Brooks ... Navy Blues Sextet Member (as Loraine Gettman)
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Storyline

On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ has just transferred aboard their ship. What they haven't learned, however, is that the marksman's enlistment is up before the contest is supposed to take place. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Plot Keywords:

ship | navy | contest | hawaii | uniform | See All (18) »

Taglines:

MEET the GIRLS! GREET the GOBS! HEAR the SONGS! (original ad - almost all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flottan går iland See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Navy Blues Sextet were the winners of a contest in which U.S. soldiers were asked to pick the six most beautiful women from a field of 150, many of whom were Warner Bros. contract actresses. The winners were Georgia Carroll, Alexis Smith, Loraine Gettman (John Amero), Kay Aldridge, Marguerite Chapman and Peggy Diggins. Smith was replaced by Claire James when she was assigned a role in Dive Bomber (1941). See more »

Goofs

There have only been three ships named for the city Cleveland. The first was cruiser C-19 commissioned in 1903 and scrapped in 1930. Long before the time, this film is set in. The second was CL-55, a light cruiser commissioned in 1942 which was after the time this film is set in. And the third was LPD-7 and amphibious transport dock commissioned in 1967. So there was no U.S.S. Cleveland with the U.S. Navy during the time represented in this film. See more »

Quotes

Cake O'Hara: Why i'm so lucky, the horses put MY shoes up over their doors!
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Crazy Credits

The actors spell out the words 'The End' as they sing and march into formation at the very end. See more »

Connections

References Manpower (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
(uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung by Ann Sheridan, Martha Raye and The Navy Blues Sextette with revised lyrics (in the "Navy Blues" number)
Played as background music
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Fun little musical
21 February 2002 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

This is a surprisingly breezy, and brassy, little musical about U.S. Navy sailors in Hawaii. The plot, as is often the case, isn't anything unusual, but the songs are catchy, Ann Sheridan looks great in a hula skirt (and sings and dances surprisingly well), Jack Haley and Jack Oakie make a hilarious team--they should have made more pictures together--and everybody looks like they're having a great time. Also keep your eye on a very young Jackie Gleason. Even though he doesn't have very much of a part, he still stands out and you can see that he was going to be going places. It's not one of the great musicals of all time, but is definitely worth a look.


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