Happy Frank Thursday everyone! And I hope it’s been a good one. Since it’s been a whole week since I posted last, I feel like I’ve been away for a while. How has everyone been? Today we’re going to talk about one of Frank’s funnest and earliest movies which also stars, of course, the wonderful Gene Kelly.
Made in 1945, Anchors Away is that tale of two young navy men on shore leave. Having earned an award for outstanding bravery, they are given four days to be away in Hollywood. As Gene Kelly’s character Joe goes about his business on his way to see his girl, Frank’s character Clarence, whom Joe calls “Brooklyn”, follows Joe and confesses that he needs help finding a girl. Joe, who is known as the “Sea Wolf”, is very good with the ladies and so decides to help Clarence with his problem.
What starts as this little promise leads them into meeting a young boy who desperately wants to join the Navy, his aunt (played by Kathryn Grayson) who desperately wants to become a singer, and making another promise which leads to something else which is altogether wonderful and hilarious! The movie features many different songs and dance numbers, one of which is Frank’s “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, and Gene Kelly’s amazing dance number as a Spanish bandit and his iconic dance number with Jerry Mouse of Tom and Jerry.
It is a very fun, lighthearted movie to watch and so wonderful! Watch it and let me know what you think!