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, ...
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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, 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
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Not among the best film musicals out there, also a long way from being one of the worst. There are a few flaws and fairly big ones too, but there are at least three interest points that deliver without disappointment, more than enough to keep 'Ship Ahoy' afloat.
The best things about it are Eleanor Powell and the dancing. Powell has charisma and charm galore, and who cannot fail to be enraptured by her dancing, some of the finest of that era. The dancing routines and choreography are similarly extraordinary, with the ship-board tap dance, with inspired by-play with drums, enough to take the breath away.
By all means there are more pleasures, particularly the swinging involvement of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ziggy Elman and Buddy Rich's contributions especially worth of note, and the ever sumptuous singing of Frank Sinatra. Red Skelton was always a take or leave performer, and it was a pleasant surprise to see him effectively subdued to usual and all the better for it.
Virginia O'Brien is hilariously deadpan as well, while the songs are first rate, it's efficiently directed, maintains interest throughout and the romance is sweet enough.
On the other hand, the story is flimsy, even for a film musical from the early 40s, and pretty nonsensical while the patriotism at times is laid on too thick and feels tacky.
Unfortunately also, for me, some of the comedy falls flat, particularly in the case of Bert Lahr. Have liked Lahr in other things (who cannot forget his Cowardly Lion in 'The Wizard of Oz', which still holds up as a timeless classic?) but here he has an annoying character and Lahr resorts to mugging (ironically that is something that is more expected from Skelton).
In conclusion, well above average entertainment with much to enjoy, though it also could have been much better. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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