Anchors Aweigh
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This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady (Gene Kelly) has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle (Frank Sinatra) that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets whom he allegedly knows so well. Actually, the only actress whom Joseph meets is bit player Susan Abbott (Kathryn Grayson). He arranges for the golden-throated Susan to be auditioned by musician Josť Iturbi, but when she seems to want to return the favor romantically, Brady tries to foist the girl off on Clarence. But Clarence only has eyes for a fellow… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tepid and slow."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Thunderously patriotic (the navy is wonderful) and sentimental (kids are wonderful), it's heavily dependent on Kelly's charm and Sinatra's supposed little-boy appeal."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"A very thin story stretched out for over two hours, this is a melange of the wonderful and the pompous."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"I absolutely loved this film. It's like musical cotton candy, a feast of great songs and dance numbers and bright colors."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Anchors Aweigh is solid musical fare."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A tepid and schmaltzy patriotic fluff musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is a story bursting with light joy... Sinatra and Kelly prove themselves to be an invaluable duo."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Kelly is perfect as usual, Sinatra is his ideal partner and the plot never gets in the way of the songs."
‑ , Film4
"Another humdinger of a musical."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A pleasant, mindless diversion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Producer Joe Pasternak is not Arthur Freed and director George Sidney is not Minnelli, but this fun and inventive musical, which blends live action and animation, has some good musical numbers, sung by Sinatra and Gene Kelly (who also choreographed)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It seems that every time Joe breaks into a song, people of both sexes swoon."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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