The Fleet's In (1942)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In this, the third screen adaptation of the musical revue Sailor Beware, William Holden plays Casey Kirby, a shy sailor who through a series of misunderstandings develops a reputation as a world-class lady-killer. In order to save face, Casey has to persuade "The Countess of Swingland" (Dorothy Lamour), a popular Big Band vocalist, to give him a big kiss in public. But the Countess is no pushover and has little sympathy for sob stories, so Casey soon learns his work is cut out for him. The Countess' best friend, Bessie Dale (Betty Hutton), is a bit less shy around the menfolk and sets her sights on Casey's buddy Barney Waters (Eddie Bracken). Betty Hutton made her screen debut in this movie, and she sings the novelty number "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry." Hutton is backed by Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, who also perform several other numbers, including their hit "Tangerine."



aristocracy, bachelor, club [organization], dance [art], kiss, lady, love, musical [play], Navy, nightclub, performer, public, reputation, romance, roommate, sailor, songwriter