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Anchors Aweigh (1945)



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This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady (Gene Kelly) has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle (Frank Sinatra) that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets whom he allegedly knows so well. Actually, the only actress whom Joseph meets is bit player Susan Abbott (Kathryn Grayson). He arranges for the golden-throated Susan to be auditioned by musician José Iturbi, but when she seems to want to return the favor romantically, Brady tries to foist the girl off on Clarence. But Clarence only has eyes for a fellow Brooklynite (Pamela Britton). Also involved in the plot machinations is runaway orphan Donald Martin (Dean Stockwell). Featuring Kelly dancing with such partners as a cartoon mouse (courtesy of MGM's house animators Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera), Anchors Aweigh was a huge hit in 1945, assuring audiences future Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra teamings. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Gene Kelly
as Joseph Brady
Frank Sinatra
as Clarence Doolittle
Kathryn Grayson
as Susan Abbott
Jose Iturbi
as Himself
Pamela Britton
as Girl from Brooklyn
Rags Ragland
as Police Sgt.
Sharon McManus
as Little Girl Beggar
Henry O'Neill
as Adm. Hammond
Leon Ames
as Commander
Edgar Kennedy
as Police Captain
Henry Armetta
as Hamburger Man
Billy Gilbert
as Cafe Manager
James Burke
as Studio Cop
James Flavin
as Radio Cop
Chester Clute
as Iturbi's Assistant
Grady Sutton
as Bertram Kroehler
Sondra Rodgers
as Iturbi's Secretary
Garry Owen
as Soldier
Steve Brodie
as Soldier
Milton Parsons
as Bearded Man
Renie Riano
as Waitress
Alex Callam
as Commander
John James
as Sailor
Peggy Maley
as Lana Turner Double
Phil Hanna
as Sailor
Tom Trout
as Sailor
Esther Michelson
as Hamburger Woman
William Forrest
as Movie Director
Ray Teal
as Asst. Movie Director
Milton Kibbee
as Bartender
Eddie Hall
as Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Anchors Aweigh

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Pretty discouraging... except some excellent dancing by the reliable Gene Kelly.

October 15, 2021 | Full Review…

A very thin story stretched out for over two hours, this is a melange of the wonderful and the pompous.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tepid and slow.

January 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Anchors Aweigh is solid musical fare.

February 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Another humdinger of a musical.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Thunderously patriotic (the navy is wonderful) and sentimental (kids are wonderful), it's heavily dependent on Kelly's charm and Sinatra's supposed little-boy appeal.

February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews for Anchors Aweigh

I can still hear the chorus, ANCHOOORRS AWEEEEIGH! The story with Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly was so sweet, man! This is like a less horny version of On the Town, a perfect companion piece.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

The only interesting dance number is the one with Jerry the Mouse of Tom & Jerry cartoons. Other than that, it's a predictable romantic comedy.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I'm fully aware that it's kinda cheesy and dated, but you can't beat Sinatra's pipes or Gene Kelly's choreography.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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