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  5. tonight’s nautical feature…

     
  6. sailorgil:

    Neptune’s Daughter  …  Sheet Music from Ziegfeld’s Follies of 1914

     
  7. sailorgil:

    The Mermaid Song …. Sheet Music, 1948

    (via sailorgil)

     
  8. Blockade (United Artists, 1938)

    Since the United States was officially neutral in the Spanish Civil War, the struggle of the Loyalists against Franco’s forces didn’t find much favor in Hollywood; this drama, produced by Walter Wanger, was one of the few films to deal with the conflict, albeit in very watered-down terms.

    While producer Wanger was one of the few people in Hollywood who felt strongly enough about the situation in Spain to put it on film, the resulting picture doesn’t say much about the specific political issues involved in the fight against Franco, and the troops Marco and his men encounter wear uniforms designed not to resemble those of any actual countries, for fear of offending nations that sided with Franco.

    Despite this, Blockade was deemed a strong enough leftist tract to be used against screenwriter John Howard Lawson when he was blacklisted in the 1950s. (allmovie)

     
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  10. To Hell with Hitler (Film Alliance of the United States, 1940)

    AKA Let George Do It; Starring George Formby – One of the best and most successful of the George Formby vehicles. The toothy, guitar-strumming Formby plays a dimwitted entertainer who is mistaken for a notorious Nazi spy. The misunderstanding is played to the hilt, culminating with our hero battling the forces of the Axis on the fields of Norway. (allmovie)

    George Formby and Hal Gordon in Let George Do It

    George Formby and Hal Gordon in Let George Do It

    VIDEO: George Formby; Count Your Blessings and Smile from Let George Do It

     
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  14. Tars and Spars (Columbia, 1946)

    The watery world of the Coast Guard provides the setting for this musical that is loosely based on the famed Guard show Tars and Spars and makes fun of war movies. The story centers on the exploits of a heroic sailor who has never been to sea. Look for former Coast Guard sailor Sid Caesar in his feature film debut. (allmovie)

    Isaac Sidney Caesar (born September 8, 1922) known as Sid Caesar—is an Emmy Award-winning American comic actor, and the youngest of three sons born to Jewish immigrants living in Yonkers, New York.  Max and Ida Caesar ran a restaurant, a 24-hour luncheonette. By waiting on tables, their son learned to mimic the patois, rhythm and accents of the diverse clientele, a technique he termed “double-talk,” which he would famously use throughout his career.

    Sid CaesarAfter graduating from Yonkers High School, Caesar left home, intent on a musical career. Caesar played in the dance band and learned to perform comedy, doing three shows a week at the Vacationland Hotel on Swan Lake in the Catskills. In 1939, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York, where he played in military revues and shows.

    Still in the service, Caesar was ordered to Palm Beach, Florida, where Vernon Duke and Howard Dietz were putting together a service revue called Tars and Spars. There he met the civilian director of the show, Max Liebman, who later produced his first television series. When Caesar’s comedy got bigger applause than the musical numbers, Liebman asked him to do stand-up bits between the songs. Tars and Spars toured nationally, and became Caesar’s first major gig as a comedian.

    After the war, Caesar moved to Hollywood and a film version of Tars and Spars was made by Columbia Pictures, with Caesar reprising his role. (wikipedia)

    Tars and Spars (full movie) on YouTube

     
  15. So This is Paris (Universal, 1955) Belgian release poster

    Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson and Paul Gilbert play three American sailors on leave in the City of Light. In record time, the trio makes the acquaintance of three lovely lasses: Gloria de Haven, Corinne Calvert and Mara Corday. Before the boys’ 24 hours are up, they are inveigled into staging a benefit show for a group of tousle-haired war orphans. +

    Romantic complications and resolutions follow in true musical comedy fashion. +