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Seven Days Ashore (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 October 1945 (Mexico)
Circumstances force a womanizing playboy on leave from the Merchant Marine to ask two shipmates to help him by dating two surplus girlfriends.


John H. Auer


Jacques Deval (story), Edward Verdier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Wally Brown ... Monty Stephens
Alan Carney ... Orval 'Handsome' Martin
Marcy McGuire ... Dot Diamond
Dooley Wilson ... Jason
Gordon Oliver ... Dan Arland Jr.
Virginia Mayo ... Carol Dean
Amelita Ward ... Lucy Banning
Elaine Shepard ... Annabelle Rogers
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Elizabeth Arland
Alan Dinehart ... Daniel Arland
Miriam LaVelle Miriam LaVelle ... Hazel - Acrobatic Dancer
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Croxton-Lynch
Freddie Slack and His Orchestra Freddie Slack and His Orchestra ... Orchestra (as Freddie Slack and Orchestra)
Freddie Fisher Freddie Fisher ... Colonel Corn (as Colonel Corn and His Band)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Freddie Slack ... Orchestra Leader


Dan Arland, a womanizing playboy, is looking forward to a seven day leave in his home town of San Francisco with one of two beautiful violinists playing for an all-girl swing band but can't decide which of the two gorgeous gold-diggers he wants to squire around the City by the Bay. Through a series of unusual circumstances both girls, as well as his former fiancée, show up to meet him when he arrives. As both musicians believe they are engaged to him, Dan fears he may become part of one or more "breach of promise" lawsuits. Faking an old war injury, he enlists the help of bumbling shipmates Monty and 'Handsome,' who pose as millionaires in order to distract the girls with unforeseen results. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

19 October 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Dias para Amar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Memphis Monday 9 April 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in Detroit Tuesday 4 September 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Altoona Friday 19 October 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles Monday 22 October 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in Boston Thursday 9 November 1956 on WNAC (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Columbus Sunday 16 December 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4), and in New York City Saturday 29 December 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »


Despite being an experienced merchant marine, Dan refers to a canoe paddle as an oar. See more »


Orval 'Handsome' Martin: There's certainly a lot of stupid people in this world.
Monty Stephens: You can say that again!
Orval 'Handsome' Martin: There's certainly a lot od stupid people in this world.
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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Lyricist for English lyrics undetermined
Sung by Margaret Dumont and Marcy McGuire at the party
Danced by Miriam LaVelle
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Garage Sale Movie
3 December 2017 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

RKO cobbled together their contract players and also some other movie sets to come out with this musical comedy. The players were known at that time, but they weren't top tier talent. What came out was a movie, perhaps a second feature, which helped pass the time but was hardly a work of art.

My main interest in this film was Wally Brown and Alan Carney. I found a previous comedy of theirs, "Rookies in Burma", hilarious when it was first released, but I was only about six years old. "Zombies on Broadway" still holds up as funny.. They're not very funny in "Seven Days Ashore"; they try a few shtick, borrowing other comedians style, but their routines fall flat. The music and dancing show a lot of energy-Marcy McGuire tries so hard that you that you wonder if the studio is violating some labor laws-but the result is ho- hum.

Two gorgeous secondary players, Virginia Mayo and Amelita Ward do a credible job in their share of comic bits. This was an early Virginia Mayo picture and she went on to stardom. Amelita Ward married Leo Gorcey, who didn't want her to work, and her career ebbed away. This trivia might interest fellow movie history nerds.

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