In the Navy

Synopsis: Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to Russ and she tries everything she can to get a picture of him to prove he's Russ Raymond. Tommy's friends, Pomeroy Watson and Smokey Adams,help him while Pomeroy writes love letters to Patty Andrews. But because Smokey makes Pomeroy lie about himself in the letters, and when Patty comes to the Navy base, she's furious at Pomeroy. When Pomeroy, Smokey, Tommy and the Andrews sisters set sail for Hawaii, Pomeroy discovers there's a tomato in the potato locker, and she's been snapping shots of Tommy the whole trip. Whether Pomeroy's proving that 7 x 13 = 28 - three different ways, having Smokey help him play ship captain for Patty, or falling out of his hammock, it's an Abbott and Costello classic.
Director(s): Arthur Lubin
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
86 min

Imagine waiting eight weeks

to get tickets.

When he sings, I feel

he's singing just to me.

I don't want to miss a note.

Who wants to hear him sing?

You do. I had to give up

a good poker game for this.

Keep moving, folks.

Star light

Star bright

First star

I've seen tonight

Wish I may, wish I might

Have the wish I make tonight

Star light

Star bright

Send me my love tonight

If you will, if you do

That's my wish come true

In my mind, my ideal

Is a creature so supreme

Let me find that she's real

And notjust a lovely dream

Star light

Star bright

First star I've seen tonight

Find my love so I might

Hold her in my arms


That, ladies and gentlemen,

was Russ Raymond,

America's singing heartthrob

presenting that brand-new number,

"Star Light, Star Bright. "

And so Fluffso Soap,

the soap that does fluff so...

brings to a close the 333rd

program of Russ Raymond.

If you wish an autographed picture of Russ

Raymond, America's singing heartthrob...

Hi, Pete.

Hi, Dynamite.

Where do you gobs want off?

Just dump us off anywhere.



Thanks a lot.


Come here!

Still got the letter?

Right here.

Mr. Thomas Halstead,

Conquistador Hotel.

Must be a big shot if the captain

sends him private messages.

I don't understand why the captain

picked you to deliver a message.

Because I'm the smartest man in

the navy. How do you figure that?

He said it was impossible for

anybody to teach me anything.

Look out! Why don't you

look where you're going?


What's the matter

with you guys?

Ain't you got any sense?

You wanna hurt somebody?

You wouldn't drive like that if

there was a cop around here! You bet.

There ain't a cop

within a mile!

Nobody would drive like that. Go

call me a policeman. Sure... What?

Didn't you sailors hear that

officer blow his whistle? Yes.

What do you think he's doing,

giving bird imitations?

Or does he look like

a peanut stand?

There's a law against

jaywalking! Give him a ticket.

Wait, Smokey.

Keep out of this!

Don't tell him

to give me a ticket.

I'll get you out of it.

In a patrol wagon.

I don't like to give a sailor

a ticket. Hear what he said?

It's your duty.

Leave the man alone.

You keep quiet.

I insist you give him a ticket.

Persistent sort of a guy.

Just keep quiet.

He can't bluff me.

Give him one.

Okay, if you insist. What's

your name? Pomeroy Watson.

What ship? No ship. I

ain't ever been on a boat.

What? I only been in the navy six years.

Never been to sea?

No, sir.

Revolting, isn't it?

Next time, watch your step.

Both of you.

My first ticket, and I

wasn't even driving a car.

See what I get on

account of you people?

Are you gonna

let him bluff you?

Tear it up.

It's no good?

Tear it up, go on!

He can't do anything to you.

What's the idea?

That was his idea.

Yeah? Tell that to the

marines. That was his idea.

I got a ticket...

Hey, listen.

A clown in a

sailor's suit, huh?

Let's see how well you

entertain the boys in the brig.

You gotta let him deliver the

captain's letter first. Yeah.

Okay, you deliver that letter

and report back to the base.

I'm not gonna have any trouble

out of either one of you. Okay.

You gonna let that big lug

get away with that?

I'm gonna call him and you're going

to tell him off. Wait a minute.

Every time you open up my

mouth, you get me in trouble.

All right. Come on.

We'll deliver the letter.

Hey, Smokey.


What a cute kid.

Hello, how are you?

Give me the letter.

Get that letter, will you?

There's the letter.

Pick it up.

Let's get going.


In trouble again, huh?

- Can't we fix this all up?

- Not with me, sailor.

Here's your money.

Trying to bribe me?

Pomeroy Watson.

No, I was only trying to...

I know. You can take your money

and get out of this area.

But this money... You

heard me! Get out of here!

Okay. Okay, okay.



Who is it?

The navy.!

Come in, boys.

Get in here.

Are you Thomas Halstead? That's right.

I got a letter for you.


You boys always deliver

dirty letters? Oh, no.

I wouldn't even look

at a dirty postcard.

"Mr. Halstead, enclosed... "

The C.O. wants an answer.

You boys make yourselves

at home.

We'd like to, but we can't.

I got a lot of shopping to do.


Where did...

No, you don't!

I'm gonna buy every record

the Andrews Sisters ever made.

I'm gonna buy that one.

Ta, ta, ta-da-da

We'll be right back. You're

a lucky fellow Mr. Smith

And you'll be able

to live as you do

And to see that liberty girl

All right.

Doing the things she do

Don't push.

Don't give me that.

You can't spend that money. No?

No, that money belongs

to that shore patrol.

That's tainted.

'Tain't his?

It is his!

'Tain't mine?

What would

your mother say?

I don't know. What'll I do? Throw it away.


What are you whistling at?


You oughta be ashamed of your...

Just the maid, sir. Would you mind

coming back a little later, please?

But I have to make up your

bed, sir. It's been made.

But this is the morning

we give you fresh blankets...

treated with ultraviolet.

Conquistador service, sir.

I beg your pardon, sir.

The navy!

Well, that's a pretty nice camera

for a chambermaid.

It's a hobby of mine. Even

chambermaids have hobbies.

If you want a hobby,

try learning to make beds.

Come back here

with that camera!

You've got no right! I oughta

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Arthur T. Horman

Arthur T. Horman (September 2, 1905 – November 2, 1964) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned from the 1930s to the end of the 1950s. During that time he wrote the stories or screenplays for over 60 films, as well as writing several pieces for television during the 1950s. more…

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