The Fleet's In, 1942

William Holden is Casey Kirby, the unassuming guy who just wants to get an autograph for his sister from Dorothy Lamour as The Countess. She’s the woman every man wants, but no man can have.

Betty Hutton gave an amusing performance as Bessie Day. One of my favorite scenes was the men encountering the hundreds of stair steps they must travel to get to the home of Bessie and The Countess. Bracken and Hutton cracked me up. Eddie Bracken played the necessary role of Barney Waters who tried to help but got tangled in a big mess. This was the first of five films he was in with Hutton.

This "sailors and singing" film was fun. Jimmy Dorsey played a challenging role: himself. As did Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell. Other performers were even more entertaining. Costumes were designed by Edith Head, one of my favorite costume designers.

The director, Victor Schertzinger, died before the film was released. He had worked with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour in Road to Singapore (1940) and Road to Zanzibar (1941) as well.

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