Ship Ahoy (1942)

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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 »


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4 February 2005 | alfiefamily
| Light hearted, average musical comedy
If you are like me, you love to watch even average or bad old movies just to see if you can spot up and coming stars in the background. Or maybe it's to be able to see stars that you wouldn't normally see at film retrospectives, or maybe it's to try to get an indication of why they were once considered to be great talents.

"Ship Ahoy" is such a picture. Released in 1942, it tells the story of how a chorus girl( a beautiful Eleanor Powell) unwittingly becomes involved as a Japanese spy during WWII. The story is totally forgettable and ridiculous, and the songs (some by E.Y."Yip" Harburg and Burton Lane" are not memorable. But this is still an interesting movie to watch.

It is a wonderful snapshot that shows us why Powell, Red Skelton, and especially Bert Lahr were big stars. Especially Lahr, who most people only remember either from "The Wizard of Oz" or the Lays Potato chip ads (I realize I'm dating myself with that last reference). Lahr is hysterical as a would-be playboy who assists Skelton in writing a series of hair-brained adventure stories. His scenes with Virginia O'Brien are the best in the movie.

This film is also noted as being the film debut for a skinny kid from Hoboken, N.J. named Frank Sinatra. Although he does not sing any songs of note, he does have an instant presence on the screen. Also, look fast to see future stars Hilary Brooke and John Raitt.

"Ship Ahoy" is never going to be a classic, but it is a film that film history fans should see.

6 out of 10

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