Anchors Aweigh

Synopsis: Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.
Director(s): George Sidney
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min

On behalf of your commanding officer,

I'm sure I can tell Mr. Jos Iturbi

that the officers and crew

of this ship are grateful to him

for coming here to lead

our Navy bands in this ceremony.

Along with every other civilian,

it is I who am grateful to you

and to all the men

in the United States Navy.

The men who are to be decorated

are present, sir.

Joseph Brady,

Gunner's Mate Second Class.

Clarence Doolittle, Seaman First Class.

During the action aboard

the USS cruiser Knoxville

these two men

remained at their stations

serving their gun

until the ammunition was exhausted.

When by force of explosion,

Doolittle was blown overboard

Joseph Brady, without regard

for his own personal safety

dived into the sea

and rescued his shipmate.

Acting for the secretary of the Navy,

I award you both the Silver Star.

- Congratulations, Brady.

- Thank you, sir.

- Congratulations, Doolittle.

- Thank you, sir.

To the men who formally

served on the Knoxville

including those I've just decorated

you'll be granted four days' leave,

effective immediately.

Leave your quarter.

Let me through, boys.

Yeah, I'm hopeful.

The poor little fellas.

They gotta stay and mind the ship

for the admiral.

- That's right.

- That's it, rub it in.

They don't get to go to Hollywood

where the beautiful dames

grow like oranges.

Where all you gotta do is reach out

and pick them right off the street.

- Congratulations, Joe.

- Thanks.

You'll probably visit the studios

if you see those stars,

will you get me some autographs?

Oh, no, not this baby.

After eight months at sea

it ain't a bunch of autographs

I'm gonna wind up with. Here.

- I got plans.

- What kind of plans, Joe?

Well, in Hollywood,

I've got a little plan named Lola.

Oh, that Lola.

I tell you, she's a...

Well, it isn't exactly that,

but it's a...

- No, it isn't that either.

- Tell us about her, Joe.

- Yeah.

- Well

notice how different the band

sounded with that guy Iturbi leading?

- That was good.

- Lola's kind of like that.

Put her with the most beautiful dames

in the world

she's the one you'd see, that's all.

You mean she's different, huh, Joe?

I wouldn't say that.

If you like dames, what's the point of

getting one different from other dames?

No, I guess it's just that whatever

the others have, Lola has more of it.

Does she got a sister?

Hey, what makes you think

this Lola is still waiting?

Dames have been known to wander.

From me? Please, sailor,

leave us not talk mutiny.

Fall in to the port side of the hangar

deck for special leave.

Oh, do you think

we can tear ourselves away?

Yeah, but it'll be tough.

- We hate to leave.

- We hate to leave.

But when they give you leave

You gotta leave

Oh, our hearts bleed

For all of you guys aboard

But right now

Sympathy is a thing we can't afford

- We hate to leave

- We hate to leave

- We hate to leave

- We hate to leave

Without you guys along

We'll grieve and grieve

But we'll be back, yes, we'll be back

Before we're even missed

And tell you guys about the countless

Dames that we have kissed

Believe us, mate

Believe us, mate

We really hate to leave

You know, Clarence,

I think it's awful, us going ashore

leaving these guys here

in their undershirts

and we gotta go meet beautiful dames

in their soft silk dresses.

Yeah, but duty is duty,

and an order is an order.

You know, I know some guys

that get a thrill

out of meeting a gorgeous gal

every night.

We hate to leave

We hate to leave

But when they give you leave

You gotta leave

No more pinup gals

That we so enjoy

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Isobel Lennart

Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lennart moved to Hollywood, where she was hired to work in the MGM mail room, a job she lost when she attempted to organize a union. She joined the Communist Party in 1939 but left five years later. Lennart's first script, The Affairs of Martha, an original comedy about the residents of a wealthy community who fear their secrets are about to be revealed in an exposé written by one of their maids, was filmed in 1942 with Spring Byington, Marjorie Main, and Richard Carlson. This was followed in quick succession by A Stranger in Town, Anchors Aweigh, and It Happened in Brooklyn. In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the motion picture industry. Although she was never blacklisted, Lennart, a former member of the Young Communist League, testified to HUAC in 1952 to avoid being blacklisted. She later regretted this decision. Lennart's later screen credits include A Life of Her Own, Love Me or Leave Me, Merry Andrew, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Sundowners, and Two for the Seesaw. In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It catapulted Barbra Streisand to fame and earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1968, Lennart wrote the screen adaptation, which won her a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay. It proved to be her last work. Three years later, she was killed in an automobile accident in Hemet, California. Lennart married actor/writer John Harding in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1945. They had two children, Joshua Lennart Harding (December 27, 1947 - August 4, 1971) and Sarah Elizabeth Harding (born November 24, 1951). more…

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