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Hi'ya, Sailor (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 October 1943 (USA)
Bob Jackson and his three Merchant Marine shipmates have each invested $50 in a song Bob has written and which he thinks will be published for a fee of $200. In a taxicab driven by Pat ... See full summary »



(suggested by a story by) (as Fanya Lawrence), (screenplay)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Asher
Bull Rogan
Charles Coleman ...
Police Lieutenant
Ray Eberle ...
Ray Eberle - Orchestra Leader
Ray Eberle's Orchestra ...
Wingy Manone ...
Wingy Malone - Orchestra Leader
Wingy Manone and His Orchestra ...
Wingy Manone Orchestra


Bob Jackson and his three Merchant Marine shipmates have each invested $50 in a song Bob has written and which he thinks will be published for a fee of $200. In a taxicab driven by Pat Rogers, they search for the publisher's office but finally realize they have been swindled. Plus, they now owe Pat a large taxi-bill. They go to a serviceman's canteen where a noted singer, Annabelle is performing. As she leaves she drops an expensive cigarette-case which is picked up by Pat. She tells Bob to return the case and pay the cab-fare from an anticipated reward. At the night club where Annabelle is appearing,(along with the very female Mayris Chaney and HER Dance Trio) Bob's intentions are misunderstood and a brawl ensues. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El encanto de las chicas  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The door to Howard's office reads "F.K. Howard - President." But in a close insert, it's 'Franklin Howard - President." See more »


How's About It?
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Sung by Donald Woods
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Universal takes on the hit parade.
21 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is literally half an hour of plot and half an hour of music, making this just over an hour with the credits. Still, it's a delight for the ears, and a tickle here and there with what limited plot there is. In the first 20 minutes, there's four musical numbers (two in a row from the very gifted Delta Rhythm Boys) and simply the set- up with a group of song writing seamen trying to get their songs published while on the town while on leave. Donald Woods leads the four men with Elyse Knox getting involved in their shenanigans as a feisty taxi driver. ("Oh, a lady cab driver. How revolting!", to quote Betty Garrett in "On the Town").

This is filled with more "moments" than actual plot, but those "moments" really shine as do the musical specialties and fun performances. Universal did a ton of second string programmers like this, most popularly with the Andrews Sisters and youngsters like Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan and Ann Blyth, and even though this one doesn't have any of those stars, it's filled with great talents like 30's juvenile star Eddie Quillan and Woods, whose career stretched from "A Tale of Two Cities" to a few of the "Mexican Spitfire" films to William Castle's cult horror comedy, "13 Ghosts". Even the corniest of the sketches provides some amusement, especially the spinster chorus in Knox's cab. Ray Eberle and his orchestra and the Delta Rhythm Boys are particular standouts, and by integrating the musical numbers, Universal showed that at least their B unit was "with it".

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