Friday, February 27, 2009

Anchors Aweigh

my siren

Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 musical extravaganza starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson. It's most famous for the number where Gene Kelly dances with Jerry from Tom and Jerry. The numbers are all good, there's just a lot of them. It's like Benjamin Button or Pirates of the Carribean 2: you're entertained but you're still just waiting for the end to come. Anchors Aweigh is about two and a half hours of musical numbers. It's also creepy how Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra's characters refer to Kathryn Grayson as "Aunt Susie" while pursuing her romantically. We'll go into the story later. All you need to know now is Kaythryn Grayson's outfits rule.

It's hard to find pictures online. These pictures do not do any of her outfits justice.

And look! Here is young Donald, already on trend for Spring '09 with the pajama look.

The story is thus. Gene and Frank are two soldiers on shore leave. Gene is a ladies man and nerdy Frank makes him help him find a girl. They get roped into returning young Donald--pictured above--home, where they meet his Aunt Susie, an aspiring singer/actress. Frank thinks Aunt Susie is the girl of his dreams and thus the pair set about securing her heart. Musical mayhem ensues.

Did I mention this?

[insert nerdy fan-girl squeal here] Yes, I am nerdy. And possibly Amish.

I might not have been able to find many pictures online, but I did find the movie. Check it out.

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Anchors Aweigh,

Ivy Frozen


blairr40 said...

I've been watching movies for 60 years and Anchors Aweigh remains on my Top 10 list of all time. A key reason for me is the talents of Ms. Kathryn Grayson. She was a delight to the eye and one of the best operatic singers I ever heard. In fact, she is my favorite voice of all time. The number you pictured here; the Jealousy number is my single favorite musical movie scene. The score features some great singing by Sinatra also; i.e. "I Fall In Love Too Easily." Thanks for this trip down memory lane.

ArKay Blair

Ivy Frozen said...

No problem. I love this movie and Kathryn Grayson in it too. I really should look up some more of her movies.