Anchors Aweigh

TCM – Friday 31 December, 10.25pm (repeats 6.25am & 2.25pm)

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra star in this top-notch musical about two soldiers on shore leave in Hollywood. Kelly, the more conniving one, tries to fix up shy and innocent Sinatra with one of Hollywood’s glamorous actresses, but he runs into movie bit player Kathryn Grayson who’s aspiring to be a lead singer instead. Kelly promises to get her an audition with movie director Jose Iturbi, and tries to push Sinatra to make his move, but by this time he’s fallen for another woman. Sinatra croons such hits as “The Charm Of You” and “We Hate To Leave” superbly, while Kelly’s dance numbers are spectacular, particularly the one with Jerry the Mouse.

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