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Here Come the Waves
Director: Mark Sandrich (Dir)
Release Date:   1944
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 27 Dec 1944
Production Date:   11 May--5 Aug 1944
Duration (in mins):   99-100
Duration (in feet):   9,389
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast:   Bing Crosby (Johnny Cabot)  
    Betty Hutton (Susie Allison/Rosemary Allison)  
    Sonny Tufts (Windy)  
    Ann Doran (Ruth)  
    Gwen Crawford (Tex)  
    Noel Neill (Dorothy)  
    Catherine Craig (Lieut. Townsend)  
    Marjorie Henshaw (Isabel)  
    Harry Barris (Band leader)  
    Mae Clarke (Ensign Kirk)  
    Minor Watson (High ranking officer)  
    Roberta Jonay (Specialty dancer)  
    Guy Zanett (Specialty dancer)  
    Dorothee Jarnac (Specialty dancer)  
    Joel Friend (Specialty dancer)  
    Florence Johnson (Young girl)  
    Maxine Fife (Pretty woman)  
    Kay Linaker (Pretty woman)  
    Terry Adams (Pretty woman)  
    Louise LaPlanche (Woman photographer)  
    Odessa Lauren (Cigarette girl, Cobra Club)  
    Mona Freeman (Fainting woman)  
    Carlotta Jelm (Fainting woman)  
    Albert Ruiz (Stretcher bearer)  
    Ben Gerien (Stretcher bearer)  
    Jack Norton (Waiter, Cabana Club)  
    Mimi Doyle (Cabot fan act)  
    Norma Gene Nelson (Cabot fan act)  
    Ellen Hall (Cabot fan act)  
    Lillian Bronson (Cabot fan act)  
    Jimmie Dundee (Chief petty officer)  
    William Haade (Chief petty officer)  
    Jerry Jerome (Lieut., j.g.)  
    Al M. Hill (Lieut., j.g.)  
    Alex Havier (Waiter)  
    James Flavin (Shore patrolman)  
    Weldon Heyburn (Civilian)  
    Edward Emerson (Civilian)  
    Kit Guard (Yellow Cab driver)  
    Babe London (Woman window washer)  
    George Turner (Recruit)  
    Larry Thompson (Petty officer)  
    Bill Murphy (Petty officer)  
    Jon Gilbreath (Petty officer)  
    William Meader (Petty officer)  
    William Forrest (Lieut. Commander)  
    Gordon Warner (Lieut. Commander)  
    Buddy Wilkerson (Sailor)  
    Jerry James (Sailor)  
    Oscar O'Shea (The Commodore)  
    Don Kramer (Miles & Kover Trio)  
    Eddie Kover (Miles & Kover Trio)  
    Ruth Miles (Miles & Kover Trio)  
    Cyril Ring (Lieut. Col.)  
    Nan Holliday (WAVE)  
    Frances Morris (WAVE)  
    Gloria Marlen (WAVE)  
    Charles D. Brown (Capt. Johnson)  
    Helena Phillips Evans (Woman bartender)  
    Greta Granstedt (WAVE control tower operator)  
    Gwen Kenyon (WAVE control tower operator)  
    Pauline Drake (WAVE officer)  
    Stan Johnson (Chief aviation pilot)  
    Carmelle Bergstrom (Woman war worker)  
    Lorraine Krueger    
    Shirley Hunter    
    Beatrice Gray    
    Maeve Murray    
    Jean Willes    
    Evellyn Dockson    
    Mary K. Wells    
    Yvonne De Carlo    

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A Mark Sandrich Production
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Mark Sandrich (Dir)
  George Templeton (2d unit dir)
  C. C. Coleman Jr. (Asst dir)
Producer: Mark Sandrich (Prod)
Writer: Allan Scott (Orig scr)
  Ken Englund (Orig scr)
  Zion Myers (Orig scr)
Photography: Charles Lang Jr. (Dir of photog)
  Haskell Boggs (2d cam)
  Guy Bennett (2d cam)
Art Direction: Hans Dreier (Art dir)
  Roland Anderson (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ellsworth Hoagland (Ed)
Set Decoration: Ray Moyer (Set dec)
Costumes: Edith Head (Non-military cost)
Music: Robert Emmett Dolan (Mus dir)
  Joseph J. Lilley (Vocal arr)
  Troy Sanders (Mus assoc)
Sound: Hugo Grenzbach (Sd rec)
  John Cope (Sd rec)
  Philip Wisdom (Mus mixer)
Special Effects: Gordon Jennings (Spec photog eff)
  Paul Lerpae (Spec photog eff)
  Farciot Edouart (Process photog)
  Jan Domela (Spec photog eff asst)
  Irmin Roberts (Spec photog eff asst)
  Wallace Kelley (Process photog asst)
  Harry Perry (Process photog asst)
Dance: Danny Dare (Ensembles staged by)
  Sam Ledner (Dance supv for "That Old Black Magic" seq)
  (Dance dir)
  (Dance dir)
  (Dance dir)
  (Dance dir)
  (Dance dir)
Make Up: Wally Westmore (Makeup supv)
Production Misc: Lieutenant Commander Louise K. Wilde (Special thanks to)
  Lieutenant (j.g.) Kathleen C. Quinn (Special thanks to)
  Lieutenant (j.g.) Rebecca M. Stribling (Special thanks to)
  Specialist (T) First Class Lorraine Robarge (Special thanks to)
  Yeoman Second Class Virginia E. DeBolt (Special thanks to)
  Yeoman Second Class Margaret A. Sharp (Special thanks to)
  Specialist (S) Second Class Dorsey M. Reed (Special thanks to)
  Specialist (Y) Third Class Marie Shale (Special thanks to)
  Kenneth DeLand (Unit mgr)
  Milt Gross (Set sketches for show)
  Helen Gladys Percey (Research dir)
  Dorothy Robinson (Research asst)
Stand In: Vera Marshe (Double for Betty Hutton)
  Maxine Ardell (Dancing double for Betty Hutton)
  Charles Mayon (Dancing double for Bing Crosby)
  Alice Kirby (Dancing doubles)
  Clarice Chambers (Dancing doubles)
Country: United States

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.
Composer: Harold Arlen
  Johnny Mercer

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Paramount Pictures, Inc. 15/12/1944 dd/mm/yyyy LP13062 Yes

PCA NO: 10179
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Recording

Genre: Musical comedy
  Musical comedy
Sub-Genre: Homefront
  World War II
Subjects (Major): Musical revues
  Romantic rivalry
  United States. Navy
  United States. Navy. Women accepted for volunteer emergency service
Subjects (Minor): Fainting
  Impersonation and imposture
  New York City
  San Diego (CA)
  Women military officers

Note: 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." 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   23 Dec 1944.   
Daily Variety   23 Jun 1944.   
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.

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