Anchors Aweigh (1945)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1945.  , Loew’s.  Screenplay by , suggested by a story by .  Cinematography by , Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by , George Stoll.  Production Design by , Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lightweight musical that isn’t as memorable as Gene Kelly‘s later navy-themed On The Town. He and Frank Sinatra (who co-starred with Kelly in the aforementioned Stanley Donen classic) star as two sailors on shore leave in Los Angeles who meet up with a charming young tot (Dean Stockwell) who would love to join the navy. As it turns out, his big sister () is really dreamy and the boys don’t fail to notice. Lots of musical numbers, the standout being the point where Kelly dances with Jerry, the animated mouse from the famous duo of Tom and Jerry. This was the only time that Kelly was ever nominated for an Academy Award for an acting performance.

Academy Award:  Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Gene Kelly); Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Song (“I Fall In Love Too Easily”)


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