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Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | May 1942 (USA)
Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Matt Brooks (story), Bradford Ropes (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Powell ... Tallulah Winters
Red Skelton ... Merton K. Kibble
Bert Lahr ... 'Skip' Owens
Virginia O'Brien ... Fran Evans
William Post Jr. ... H. U. Bennet
James Cross James Cross ... 'Stump'
Eddie Hartman Eddie Hartman ... 'Stumpy'
Stuart Crawford ... Art Higgins
John Emery ... Dr. Farno
Bernard Nedell ... Pietro Polesi
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey and his Band
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Storyline

Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, but fails to see why she would be involved. The enemy agents got the plan from a pulp novel written by Kibble, who is also on the ship and falls for her. But then she overhears his new novel and believes that he is talking about her. So when they leave the boat, she ignores him, but somehow, the bags get switched and he gets the magnetic mine - which she must later retrieve. It is mainly a Tommy Dorsey showcase with Sinatra singing - Powell dancing - and a small plot. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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M-G-M's Smash Musical Comedy Hit! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Take Manila See more »

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Budget:

$1,037,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film at MGM for Frank Sinatra, where he would be under contract for most of the 1940's. See more »

Goofs

When Tallulah Winters is tapping out a message in Morse code, the receiver is writing it down faster than she is sending it. See more »

Quotes

'Skip' Owens: Hiya, puss! Whatcha doin' after the show?
Cigarette Girl: The laundry.
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Crazy Credits

Closing Credit: The End America Needs your Money Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps Every Payday. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Call for Love
(1942)
Music and Lyrics by Burton Lane, Margery Cummings and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Sung by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers
Reprised by Tommy Dorsey, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Bert Lahr and Virginia O'Brien at the end
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Especially for Bert Lahr
8 June 2002 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

One of the legendary Broadway stars who did not forge a memorable career in films, Bert Lahr performs at his cinematic best in this flimsy, albeit entertaining, musical comedy. Given considerable screen time and a character that permits his idiosyncratic comic turns to fit comfortably, Lahr exceeds his achievements in other movies. Whether working to only the camera, or with Red Skelton, or with Virginia O'Brien (a good partner for him), Bert Lahr at last shows what he can do. His brand of comedy may not be to everyone's taste (whose is?), but if you like his "shtick," don't miss this one.


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