Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh

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Director: George Sidney

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly

     
 

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George Sidney's Anchors Aweigh, which contains one of the most memorable mixings of live-action and animation, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. In additionSee more details below

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George Sidney's Anchors Aweigh, which contains one of the most memorable mixings of live-action and animation, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. In addition to being able to instantly access the famous scene in which Gene Kelly dances with Jerry (from Tom & Jerry), the disc contains interviews with animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, a trio of trailers, and a clip from the documentary MGM: When the Lion Roars. This is a great disc from Warner Bros. that will please any fan of animation or classic musicals.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
UPC:
0012569507029
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Archival interview featuring animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera; Excerpt from the MGM "When the Lion Roars" documentary series; Interactive menus; 3 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français

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 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

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
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. Brahms' Lullaby. [4:29]
11. I 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. I 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 roads lead to Iturbi. [4:47]
36. Waltz Serenade. [3:31]
37. Go Navy (Anchors Aweigh)! [2:32]
38. Cast List. [:32]

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