Film / Anchors Aweigh

A Musical-Comedy from 1945 about two sailors, Joe and Clarence, meeting a girl, Susan, on shore leave, after her nephew, Donald, tries to run away to join the Navy. Susan wants to be a singer, and Joe tries to help her career, but he's falling for her. Problem is Clarence has already fallen for her.

This film was the first to pair Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and notable for a musical number with Jerry of the Tom and Jerry cartoons.

Also look for a young Dean Stockwell as Donald.

See also On the Town.

Provides Examples Of

  • Imagine Spot: A lot of the song numbers involve this.
  • Love Triangle: Clarence, Susan, and Joe. Clarence eventually finds another girl, and Joe and Susan end up together.
  • Mistaken Age: Donald makes it seem like his aunt is a lot older than she is, giving the guys quite a shock when the finally meet her.
  • Pep Talk Song: "The Worry Song", where Gene convinces Jerry that he can dance.
  • Pretty in Mink: Susan has a white ermine shoulder cape (a then common young socialite accessory).
  • Roger Rabbit Effect / Medium Blending: Joe dancing with Jerry. Originally, the filmmakers wanted it to be Mickey Mouse, but Disney was unfortunately too busy trying to get out of losses it took in the last few years.
  • Socialite: Susan
  • Suddenly Voiced: Jerry in the dance number. Though in this case it was part of a story Joe was telling. Jerry's actress, Sara Berner, had actually previously voiced him in the 1944 Tom And Jerry short, Zoot Cat, for a single line.
  • Sweater Girl: Susan wears a purple fuzzy sweater in a few scenes.