Three Sailors and a Girl

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Three Sailors and a Girl
Three Sailors and a Girl poster.jpg
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Sammy Cahn
Written by Devery Freeman
Roland Kibbee
Based on The Butter and Egg Man
1925 play
by George S. Kaufman
Starring Jane Powell
Gordon MacRae
Gene Nelson
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by
Sammy Cahn
Music supervision
Ray Heindorf
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by Owen Marks
Release date
  • November 23, 1953 (1953-11-23)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Sailors and a Girl is a 1953 Technicolor musical film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth and written by Devery Freeman and Roland Kibbee, based on the George S. Kaufman play The Butter and Egg Man . Ray Heindorf was the musical director, with orchestrations by Gus Levene, and vocal arrangements by Norman Luboff. Choreography was by LeRoy Prinz.

Technicolor color motion picture process

Technicolor is a series of color motion picture processes, the first version dating to 1916, and followed by improved versions over several decades.

Musical film film genre

Musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Warner Bros. American entertainment company

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., d/b/a Warner Bros. (WB), is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film, television and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).


The soundtrack features original songs with music composed by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. As was the practice at the time, the soundtrack album was a studio recording [Capitol L-485 (10" LP) and FBF-485 (2 EP Box-Set)]. [1] The Capitol Records album was released early in 1954, and featured eight of the songs from the Fein/Cahn songwriting team. The film's stars Jane Powell and Gordon MacRae are the featured vocalists. George Greeley conducted the orchestra and chorus. The album was re-issued and released on CD in 2006; it contained 12 more songs by MacRae. [2]

Sammy Fain American composer

Sammy Fain, was an American composer of popular music. In the 1920s and early 1930s, he contributed numerous songs that form part of The Great American Songbook, and Broadway theatre, he was also a popular musician and vocalist

Sammy Cahn American lyricist, songwriter, musician

Sammy Cahn was an American lyricist, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He and his collaborators had a series of hit recordings with Frank Sinatra during the singer's tenure at Capitol Records, but also enjoyed hits with Dean Martin, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin. He won an Oscar 4 times for his songs, including the popular song "Three Coins in the Fountain".

Capitol Records American record label

Capitol Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label "of note" in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955. EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both a part of UMG. The label's circular headquarter building in Hollywood is a recognized landmark of California.


While their submarine is docked in New York City, three sailors on liberty invest the money they've earned at sea in a Broadway musical and its up-and-coming star.

Choirboy Jones (Gordon MacRae) carries a gunnysack stuffed with $50,000 in cash from his fellow sailors. Joe Woods (Sam Levene), producing a new show starring the singer Emilio Rossi (George Givot), is delighted to find a new investor, but female lead Penny Weston (Jane Powell) is worried that the boys are in over their heads.

Gordon MacRae American actor, singer

Albert Gordon MacRae was an American actor, singer and radio/television host, who appeared in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), and played the leading man of Doris Day in On Moonlight Bay (1951) and sequel By The Light of the Silvery Moon (1953).

Sam Levene actor

Sam Levene was an American Broadway and film actor who in a career spanning more than five decades created some of the most legendary comedic roles in American theatrical history, including Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (1950), Max Kane in Dinner at Eight (1932), Patsy in Three Men on a Horse (1935), Gordon Miller in Room Service (1937), Sidney Black in Light Up the Sky (1948), Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker (1954) and Al Lewis in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (1972). Levene made his Broadway stage debut in 1927 with a five-line part as an assistant district attorney in Wall Street, which lasted three weeks at the Hudson Theatre, and nine years later was lured to Hollywood where he made his motion picture debut as Patsy in the Warner Bros. film Three Men on a Horse (1936), for which he was paid $1,000 a week, recreating his original Broadway performance from Three Men on a Horse (1935), a role he reprised twice on radio, the USO Tour, television, the Broadway musical Let It Ride (1961), several touring productions and an all-star 1969 Broadway revival directed by co-author George Abbott. Levene also established himself as one of the great noir stalwarts with a long list of film noir credits, a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas.

George Givot American actor

George David Givot was a Russian-born American comedian and actor on Broadway and in vaudeville, movies, television and radio. He was known for speaking in a comedic fake Greek dialect and was styled the "Greek Ambassador of Good Will". His best known movie role may be as the voice of Tony in the Disney film Lady and the Tramp (1955).

After the show's out-of-town opening is a flop, Woods, Rossi and even the author want out. Penny consults some distinguished Broadway artists for their advice, which includes casting the talented singer Jones, dancer Twitch (Gene Nelson) and comic Porky (Jack E. Leonard) in key roles. The show is a smash and the sailors reap a handsome return on their investment, with Jones and Penny falling in love as a bonus.

Gene Nelson US actor, dancer, screenwriter, director

Gene Nelson was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter, and director.

Jack E. Leonard American comedian

Jack E. Leonard, born Leonard Lebitsky, was an American comedian and actor who made frequent appearances on television variety and game shows.


Jane Powell American actress

Jane Powell is an American singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in various Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals.

Veda Ann Borg actress

Veda Ann Borg was an American film and television actress.

Raymond Greenleaf (born Roger Ramon Greenleaf, was an American actor, best known for All the King's Men, Angel Face, and Pinky.

Burt Lancaster made an uncredited cameo appearance at the end, playing a Marine who hesitantly asks about taking over the starring role in the musical after Jones has to return to the Navy. Joe Woods brushes him off. When a woman asks why he was so brusque, Joe tells her that the Marine looked too much like Burt Lancaster. Merv Griffin also appeared uncredited as one of the sailors.[ citation needed ]

Burt Lancaster American actor

Burton Stephen Lancaster was an American actor and producer. Initially known for playing "tough guys", he went on to achieve success with more complex and challenging roles. He was nominated four times for Academy Awards, and won once for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960. He also won a Golden Globe Award for that performance and BAFTA Awards for Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980).

Merv Griffin 20h-century American singer and television game show producer

Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. was an American television host and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show. He also created the internationally popular game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune through his television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment.

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