Here Come the Waves (1944)

99-100 mins | Musical comedy | 1944

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HISTORY

The film's opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We are grateful for the cooperation of the United States Navy, particularly the Womens Reserve." HR news items reported the following about the production: Mark Sandrich consulted with Capt. Mildred Helen McAfee, the director of the Women's Reserve of the Navy, on his plans for this film. High school students Kay Scott and Gloria Saunders were to make their feature film debuts in this film, but neither actress is credited in reviews or the CBCS. Although the Var review noted that Vera Marshe was billed as Betty Hutton's double, she did not receive onscreen credit, but was credited on the billing Paramount released to the press. According to a HR news item, second unit footage was shot in San Diego, CA. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Song) for "Accentuate the ... More Less

The film's opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We are grateful for the cooperation of the United States Navy, particularly the Womens Reserve." HR news items reported the following about the production: Mark Sandrich consulted with Capt. Mildred Helen McAfee, the director of the Women's Reserve of the Navy, on his plans for this film. High school students Kay Scott and Gloria Saunders were to make their feature film debuts in this film, but neither actress is credited in reviews or the CBCS. Although the Var review noted that Vera Marshe was billed as Betty Hutton's double, she did not receive onscreen credit, but was credited on the billing Paramount released to the press. According to a HR news item, second unit footage was shot in San Diego, CA. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Song) for "Accentuate the Positive." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Dec 1944.
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Daily Variety
23 Jun 1944.
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Daily Variety
18 Dec 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 45
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 44
p. 2093.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Dec 44
p. 2238.
New York Times
28 Dec 44
p. 25.
Variety
20 Dec 44
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Marjorie Henshaw
Norma Gene Nelson
Al M. Hill
Alex Havier
Maeve Murray
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Mark Sandrich Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Non-military cost
MUSIC
Vocal arr
Mus assoc
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff asst
Spec photog eff asst
Process photog asst
Process photog asst
DANCE
Ensembles staged by
Dance supv for "That Old Black Magic" seq
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
STAND INS
Double for Betty Hutton
Dancing double for Betty Hutton
Dancing double for Bing Crosby
Dancing doubles
Dancing doubles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive," "Let's Take the Long Way Home," "I Promise You," "Here Come the Waves," "That Old Black Magic," "There's a Fella Waitin' in Poughkeepsie" and "Join the Navy," music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 December 1944
Production Date:
11 May--5 August 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 December 1944
Copyright Number:
LP13062
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99-100
Length(in feet):
9,389
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10179
SYNOPSIS

Women all over the United States give up their jobs to contribute to the war effort and join the WAVES, the Women's Reserve branch of the Navy. One night, after New York nightclub singers the Allison Twins perform a rousing version of "Join the Navy," Rosemary, the smarter of the pair, tells her dizzy blonde sister Susie that she is tired of just singing the song, and intends to join up. Susie reluctantly enlists with her sister and they join the other recruits at the United States Naval Training School in the Bronx. After five weeks of training, Rosemary and Susie use their night off to see the performance of Susie's heartthrob, singer Johnny Cabot. Rosemary is appalled by the screaming and fainting women who comprise Johnny's audience. Later, at a nightclub, they are introduced to Johnny by their childhood friend Windy, and while Rosemary snubs Johnny because he is still a civilian, Susie faints when she dances with him. Unknown to Rosemary, it is Johnny's fervent wish to follow his father's footsteps in the Navy, but he has been rejected because he is color blind. When the Navy lowers their physical requirements, Johnny enlists and is stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, where Susie and Rosemary are also stationed. Windy and Johnny compete for Rosemary's affections, but Rosemary falls in love with Johnny. When Johnny receives orders to ship out on the same ship on which his father served, Susie, unaware of her sister's affection, forges Johnny's name on a letter in which she suggests that Johnny's talents be used to recruit more WAVES. Johnny is mystified when he is ... +


Women all over the United States give up their jobs to contribute to the war effort and join the WAVES, the Women's Reserve branch of the Navy. One night, after New York nightclub singers the Allison Twins perform a rousing version of "Join the Navy," Rosemary, the smarter of the pair, tells her dizzy blonde sister Susie that she is tired of just singing the song, and intends to join up. Susie reluctantly enlists with her sister and they join the other recruits at the United States Naval Training School in the Bronx. After five weeks of training, Rosemary and Susie use their night off to see the performance of Susie's heartthrob, singer Johnny Cabot. Rosemary is appalled by the screaming and fainting women who comprise Johnny's audience. Later, at a nightclub, they are introduced to Johnny by their childhood friend Windy, and while Rosemary snubs Johnny because he is still a civilian, Susie faints when she dances with him. Unknown to Rosemary, it is Johnny's fervent wish to follow his father's footsteps in the Navy, but he has been rejected because he is color blind. When the Navy lowers their physical requirements, Johnny enlists and is stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, where Susie and Rosemary are also stationed. Windy and Johnny compete for Rosemary's affections, but Rosemary falls in love with Johnny. When Johnny receives orders to ship out on the same ship on which his father served, Susie, unaware of her sister's affection, forges Johnny's name on a letter in which she suggests that Johnny's talents be used to recruit more WAVES. Johnny is mystified when he is then assigned to produce, stage and appear in a theatrical production to recruit WAVES, and angrily blames Windy for keeping him from active duty. To punish Windy, Johnny makes him his assistant, and Windy vengefully convinces Rosemary that Johnny has willfully sidestepped active duty. Susie confides in Windy, who keeps the ruse a secret, and they destroy her original letter. Johnny casts Susie and Rosemary in the show, but Rosemary, now disenchanted with Johnny, drops out and is reassigned to the air traffic control tower. Rosemary changes her mind, however, so that she can convince her infatuated sister of Johnny's cowardice. When Windy learns that Johnny intends to propose to Rosemary, he and Susie formulate a plan in which Susie impersonates her sister, and successfully drives a wedge between Rosemary and Johnny. Disgusted by his situation, Johnny goes AWOL, hoping to rejoin his ship for active duty, but Windy and Susie forestall him, confess the truth, and trick him into missing his plane. Johnny goes on with the show and Rosemary apologizes for the misunderstanding, and is then responsible for Johnny's reassignment to his ship. After Susie discovers there is no "magic" to kissing Johnny, he reunites with Rosemary. Susie then kisses Windy farewell, and faints. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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