Rick’s Journal — MY FILM CAREER
In the Navy
music & lyrics by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
I remember my surprise when reading a statement by a British journalist that Dwight Eisenhower had won World War ll. I grew up believing that the Andrews Sisters had.
In this outing, though, they perform three not very impressive numbers. To my knowledge “Gimme Some Skin, My Friend,” is the only one of the three they recorded. Accompanying it in the film they do a bit of their dancing, with LaVerne especially letting herself go.
The other songs:
“We’re Off to the See the World”
In an all-cast finale at the end they reprise two songs that Dick Powell had sung earlier: “Starlight, Starbright” and “You’re in the Navy.”
They are a little outrageously hula-ish and somewhat wildly costumed in the hula number; but as is always the case when they offer something like this, there remains a 40’s innocence about them.
They figure in the plot of this film and have plenty of lines and several scenes.
Powell, always in fine voice, is perfectly cast as a successful and well-known crooner who enlists under a false name so that he can escape his career and hide in the Navy.
I don’t enjoy Abbot and Costello very much in this. There is a meanness in much of the humor which, as usual, involves even physical cruelty on the part of Abbot towards his supposed chum. Watching In the Navy this time I found myself wondering if there is hostility between the actors as well as between the characters.
Check out Rick’s Flicks for 3/24/12: “The Andrews Sisters in the Movies.”
NEXT FRIDAY POST April 21
See you at the movies,