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Overview

This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady Gene Kelly has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle Frank Sinatra that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets whom he allegedly knows so well. Actually, the only actress whom Joseph meets is bit player Susan Abbott Kathryn Grayson. He arranges for the golden-throated Susan to be auditioned by musician José Iturbi, but when she seems to want to return the favor romantically, Brady tries to ...
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Overview

This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady Gene Kelly has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle Frank Sinatra that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets whom he allegedly knows so well. Actually, the only actress whom Joseph meets is bit player Susan Abbott Kathryn Grayson. He arranges for the golden-throated Susan to be auditioned by musician José Iturbi, but when she seems to want to return the favor romantically, Brady tries to foist the girl off on Clarence. But Clarence only has eyes for a fellow Brooklynite Pamela Britton. Also involved in the plot machinations is runaway orphan Donald Martin Dean Stockwell. Featuring Kelly dancing with such partners as a cartoon mouse courtesy of MGM's house animators Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Anchors Aweigh was a huge hit in 1945, assuring audiences future Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra teamings.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Archival interview with animation legens William Hanna and Joseph Barbera; Excerpt from the MGM: when the lion roars documentary series; 3 theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Anchors Aweigh is best known for the "King Who Couldn't Dance" sequence, a mixture of animation and live action that features Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry the mouse (of Tom and Jerry fame). This sequence deserves its reputation, for the blend is seamless and the dancing is captivating. Nothing else in the film really matches this segment, but it's still a light, quite enjoyable diversion. Kelly is in excellent terpsichorean form, whether dancing a charming duet with a little beggar girl or demonstrating his flair for acrobatics in the "La Cumparsita" ballet; he also does more than hold up his end of the dramatic chores, with one of his patented wolf-on-the-surface/creampuff-underneath portrayals. Frank Sinatra handles the ballads (including the lovely "I Fall in Love Too Easily") with aplomb, and Dean Stockwell is cute without being annoying. Kathryn Grayson (unflatteringly costumed by Irene) is bland but serviceable (although her fans will be delighted with her vocal performance), but her sweet and unaffected rendition of the simple "My Heart Sings" is noteworthy. Anchors' 139 minutes is too long for its very slight story (and the majority of José Iturbi's role could easily be cut with no damage), but the extra length doesn't detract from the film's modest but very real appeal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • UPC: 883929007608
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,140

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Clarence Doolittle
Kathryn Grayson Susan Abbott
Gene Kelly Joseph Brady
José Iturbi Himself
Dean Stockwell Donald Martin
Pamela Britton Girl from Brooklyn
Rags Ragland Police Sergeant
Billy Gilbert Cafe Manager
Henry O'Neill Adm. Hammond
Carlos Ramirez Carlos
Edgar Kennedy Police Captain
Grady Sutton Bertram Kroehler
Leon Ames Commander
Sharon McManus Little Girl Beggar
James Flavin Radio Cop
James Burke Studio Cop
Henry Armetta Hamburger Man
Chester Clute Iturbi's Assistant
Henry Daniels Jr. Sailor
William Forrest Movie Director
Garry Owen Soldier
Harry Barris Sailor
Steve Brodie Soldier
Alex Callam Commander
Wally Cassell Sailor
Charles Coleman Butler
Douglas Cowan Sailor
John James Sailor
Milt Kibbee Bartender
Peggy Maley Lana Turner Double
Esther Michelson Hamburger Woman
Milton Parsons Bearded Man
William "Bill" Phillips Sailor
Renie Riano Waitress
Sondra Rodgers Iturbi's Secretary
Ray Teal Asst. Movie Director
Tom Trout Sailor
Eddie Hall Sailor
Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Charles P. Boyle Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Score Composer, Songwriter
Kay Dean Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Donen Choreography
Randall Duell Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Kelly Choreography
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Robert Planck Cinematographer
George Stoll Score Composer
Jule Styne Score Composer, Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anchors Aweigh
1. Credits [1:26]
2. Anchors Aweigh [1:12]
3. Medal Winners [1:43]
4. We Hate to LEave [3:45]
5. Phoney Business [2:23]
6. Responsible Parties [5:19]
7. Police Activity [5:35]
8. Night at the "Opera" (Figaro) [1:44]
9. Susan and the Swabs [3:30]
10. Bahm's Lullaby [4:29]
11. Begged Her [5:01]
12. Late Riser [3:31]
13. Susan's Suitors [4:30]
14. If you Knew Suzie [5:46]
15. His Pal Iturbi [3:40]
16. Jalousie [5:46]
17. What Makes the Sunset? [5:52]
18. Flatbush Meets Greenpernt [2:17]
19. My Heart Sings [3:12]
20. The Donkey Serenade [3:31]
21. How Joe got his Medals [1:35]
22. The Enchanted Kingdom [3:08]
23. The Worry Song [5:05]
24. Crashing the MGM Lot [3:28]
25. No Ties [1:55]
26. A Tuneup [3:31]
27. The Charm of you [3:56]
28. Brooklyn Intervention [5:15]
29. The Mexican Hat Dance [4:26]
30. Hungarian Rhapsody [6:05]
31. Fall in Love too Easily [2:06]
32. The Lady Confesses [1:45]
33. Soundstage Fantasy [7:33]
34. True Romances [3:32]
35. All Raods Lead to Iturbi [4:47]
36. Waltz Serenade [3:31]
37. Navy (Anchors Aweigh!) [2:32]
38. Cast List [:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Anchors Aweigh
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast and Crew
         Sinatra, Frank
         Grayson, Kathryn
         Gene Kelly
         Jose Iturbi
         Dean Stockwell
         Pamela Britton
         "Rags" Ragland
         Billy Gilbert
         Henry O'Neill
         Clarence Doolittle
         Susan Abbott
         Joseph Brandy
         Himself
         Donald Martin
         Girl from Brooklyn
         Police Sergeant
         Cafe Manager
         Admiral Hammond
      Hanna & Barbera on the Making of the "Worry Song" From the Documentary "WHen the Lion Roars"
      Theatrical Trailers
         Anchors Aweigh
         On the Town
         Take me out to the Ballgame
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra perform some of the most cute and entertaining dance and song numbers that I've seen. Great music!

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