Anchors Aweigh (1945)

USA, 1945
35mm film, “photographed in Technicolor”, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American musical comedy film with fantasy sequences directed by George Sidney. It contains a sequence in which Gene Kelly dances with Jerry, the mouse from the cartoons.

Plot Summary

Joe and Clarence are on leave in Hollywood. Joe wants to meet his girlfriend Lola but clarence is single and desperate for a date. He may get his wish when they meet a small boy who has run away from home and wants to join the navy – when they take him home Clarence falls for his aunt, Susan.


* = uncredited

Directed by: George Sidney
© Copyright MCMXLV [1945] in U.S.A. by Loew's Incorporated
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Produced by Loew's Incorporated
Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Screen Play by: Isobel Lennart
Suggested by a Story by: Natalie Marcin
Assistant Director: George Rhein *
Directors of Photography: Robert Planck, Charles Boyle
Camera Operator: Sam Leavitt *
Film Editor: Adrienne Fazan
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Henri Jaffa
Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
Orchestrations by: Axel Stordahl
Frank Sinatra Songs by: Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Kathryn Grayson's Vocal Arrangements by: Earl Brent
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Costume Supervision: Irene
Associate: Kay Dean
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
“Tom & Jerry” Cartoon by: M-G-M Cartoon Studio
Animation Producer: Fred Quimby *
Animation Directors: William Hanna *, Joseph Barbera *
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Richard Pefferle
Dance Sequences Created by: Gene Kelly

Frank Sinatra (Clarence Doolittle (Brooklyn))
Kathryn Grayson (Susan Abbott)
Gene Kelly (Joseph Brady)
José Iturbi (himself)
Dean Stockwell (Donald Martin)
Pamela Britton (girl from Brooklyn)
“Rags” Ragland (police sergeant)
Billy Gilbert (cafe manager)
Henry O'Neill (Admiral Hammond)
Carlos Ramírez (Carlos)
Edgar Kennedy (police captain)
Grady Sutton (Bertram Kraler)
Leon Ames (commander)
Sharon McManus (little girl beggar)
James Flavin (radio cop)
James Burke (studio cop)
Henry Armetta (hamburger man)
Chester Clute (Iturbi's assistant)

Alternative Titles

Canta che ti passa – Italy
Due marinai e una ragazza – Italy
Kalifornische Nächte – Austria
Kotwica w góre – Poland
Laulaen maihin – Finland
Levando anclas – Spain
Leven anclas – Venezuela
Paixão de Marinheiro – Portugal
Säg det med sång – Sweden
Urlaub in Hollywood – Germany
Zu leicht verliebt – Austria

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly (1985)
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998)
Precious Images (1986)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
That's Entertainment! III (1994)


The Sunday Times 6 January 1946
The Technicolor plays Hollywood. And Mr. Kelly dances. He dances, in a sequence brilliantly synchronised, with a cartoon figure; and, though I am in principle against these mixed marriages and deplored Donald Duck's encounter with the South American numbers in “The Three Caballeros“, here I found the execution so good as almost to change my mind. He dances also with a serious agile child, Sharon McManus by name, whose performance deserves to be recalled: this scrap of the film is all pleasure. Even the finest of film dances are inclined, in the search for a new routine, to resort to gadgets and acrobatics. Astaire indulges in extravagance with golf-club-swinging and drum-kicking. Eleanor Powell is fond of tapping up and down stairs. Much as I admired Gene Kelly's work in “Cover Girl” and “Thousands Cheer,” I sometimes found it unnecessarily taken up with acrobatic display. In “Anchors Aweigh” this one dance at least is a dance and nothing else. – from a review (Films of the Week) by Dilys Powell



  • Motion Picture Herald 21 July 1945 – credits, review
  • Radio Times 2-8 September 1989 p.40 – credits
  • Variety 18 July 1945 – credits, review


  • The Sunday Times 6 January 1946 – review (Films of the Week by Dilys Powell)