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Radio singing star Russ Raymond (Dick Powell) tires of the spotlight, changes his name to Tommy Halstead, and enlists in the Navy. His sudden disappearance causes an uproar with his fans, and reporters scour the country to find him. Among them is magazine photographer Dot Roberts (Claire Dodd), who stows away on the USS Alabama when 'Halstead' ships out for Pearl Harbor.

As Smokey Adams and Pomeroy Watson, A&C are inept seamen constantly aggravating CPO 'Dynamite' Dugan (Dick Foran). The duo befriend Russ and attempt to keep his real identity a secret. Watson (Costello) winds up helping stowaway Dot, when he finds her hiding in the ship's food locker. Pomeroy is also courting Patty Andrews of The Andrews Sisters (as themselves), and builds a 'sea' of lies when he tells her that he is a Captain... a tale that backfires when the Andrews come to Pearl Harbor on a USO tour, and Patty expects a Captain's tour of the ship.

Shemp Howard costars as galley cook Seaman 'Dizzy,' and joins A&C in performing several of their routines, "7 x 13 = 28," "Buzzing the Bee" and "The Lemon Bit."

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in their second service comedy, filmed after HOLD THAT GHOST, but released prior to capitalize on the box-office success of BUCK PRIVATES.

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
May 30, 1941
Production Type
Feature Film
85 min.
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Shooting Days:   28 days   From: 1941-04-08   To: 1941-05-09

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Posted 2014-09-11 14:03:00 by Shemp_Diesel

Somewhere, hidden within what seems like a ton of singing and dancing numbers and the requisite romantic subplot, there's actually a very fine Abbott and Costello comedy to be found.

And Shemp fans may get a kick out of seeing him in this film--although he rarely gets an opportunity to flex his comedic muscles--reportedly Shemp did a lot of funny stuff in his A & C appearances that got left on the cutting room floor. Still, I enjoyed when during the Lemon Bit, Shemp ask Bud if he's mad then advises him to suck on a lemon.

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Posted 2001-03-28 08:17:00 by sickdrjoe
Another song-heavy, plot-heavy, pointless-romantic-subplot-heavy A&C moneymaker. A pleasant time-waster and little more. To be fair, you'd never know how brilliant A&C were from these early movies, popular as they were. The 52 episodes of their deliriously surreal TV show are the ideal showcase for the boys; I consider them A&C's equivalent of 2-reelers, as good as any from the era. And they got FAR more out of Besser in that show than anybody else, before or since!

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