Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American live-action/animated musical fantasy comedy film directed by George Sidney, starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, with songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. In the film, two sailors go on a four-day shore leave in Hollywood, meet a young boy and his aunt, an aspiring young singer, and the sailors try to help her get an audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In addition to a live-action Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse, the cartoon mouse of the Tom and Jerry series, the film also features José Iturbi, Pamela Britton, Dean Stockwell, and Sharon McManus. Tom Cat has a brief cameo appearance as a servant of Jerry Mouse, the lonesome king. The film received mixed reviews but it became a financial success.
Gunner's Mate Second Class Joe Brady and Seaman First Class Clarence Doolittle are USN sailors who have a four-day leave in Hollywood. Joe has his heart set on spending time with his girl (the never seen) Lola. Clarence, the shy choir boy turned sailor, asks Joe to teach him how to get girls. Donald, a little boy who wants to join the navy, is found wandering around the boulevard by a cop, who takes him to the police station. Clarence and Joe end up being picked up by the cops to help convince Donald to go home. After the two sailors wait at home and entertain Donald, Donald's Aunt Susie arrives. Clarence is smitten with her from the beginning. Susan goes on to tell them that she has been trying to find work in music, and longs to perform with José Iturbi. Trying to make Susan impressed with Clarence, Joe tells her that Clarence is a personal friend of Iturbi, and that he has arranged an audition for Susan with him. That night, they go out to a cafe (on an MGM recreation of Olvera Street) where Clarence meets a girl from Brooklyn, and they hit it off. The next day, Joe visits Donald's school, and tells the kids the story of how he got his medal, and how he brought happiness to a young lonesome king (played by Jerry the Mouse in an animated sequence), and joy to the forest animals of the kingdom.
|award||Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score|
|genre||action animation comedy fantasy live-action|
|keywords||animated sequence begin first class hollywood bowl how to jerry jerry mouse last day little boy olvera street police station screen test seaman seaman first class sing the king united states navy usn sailors wander|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score Academy Award for Best Picture|
|productionCompany||M-G-M Cartoons]] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|
|publisher||Loews Cineplex Entertainment|
|theme||animated cartoon musical comedy romantic musical|