Time: 143 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Won Academy Award for Best Score. Nominations for Best Actor (Kelly), Cinematography, Song and Best Picture.
In the first of three lively onscreen pairings, Kelly and Sinatra are highly entertaining as two love-starved soldiers on leave in Hollywood. This is Sinatra's first singing and dancing affair, though he had already began making a big name for himself with his silky smooth voice. Much like his character a neophyte in the ways of romance Sinatra was given much training in how to hoof on film by the more physically gifted Kelly. While Sinatra does a pretty good job dancing, he's in the picture for comic relief and his ability to belt out a song like nobody's business, both of which he does quite well. Their comic chemistry more than makes up for the rather silly plot which places these lonesome lotharios in many funny, but wholly unbelievable situations.
Sinatra plays Clarence a.k.a. "Brooklyn", a naive sailor who looks up to Joe (Kelly), a well-known (at least in the Navy) ladies man. He refuses to leave Joe alone to pursue his latest lady, the lovely Lola, until Joe helps him find a nice dame to spend some time with. Clarence's sweet, uncomplicated nature doesn't give Joe much hope, but he won't get rid of him if he doesn't at least try. Their plans for romance are rudely interrupted before they can even begin by the police.
It seems they have a young boy Donald (Stockwell) at the station that has run away from home because he wants to join the Navy and refuses to tell the police his name or address. They "enlist" the help of our heroes to convice him to return home. With his babysitter gone, Joe and Clarence are forced to wait until Donald's aunt returns home. Susie's (Grayson) not only surprised to find two strange sailors in her living room, but also to get an earful from Joe about her failure as a guardian to Donald.
The misunderstanding is settled almost as quickly as Clarence falls for the lovely, aspiring singer. Joe's thrilled to finally get Clarence off his hands, so he can finally pursue Lola, however, hooking up with her is not meant to be. In order to encourage Susie to like Clarence, Joe tells her Clarence can get her an audition with the famous conductor Jose Iturbi, which is a dream come true for Susie. Unfortunately, things get rather complicated since Clarence doesn't really know Iturbi. He's also so frightened of being alone with someone as classy as Susie that he sabotages Joe's efforts to meet up with Lola, forcing him to tag along on their dates.