|Directed by||Edward Buzzell|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
Irving Brecher (uncredited)
Harry Kurnitz (uncredited)
|Story by||Matt Brooks|
Robert H. Planck|
Clyde De Vinna
|Edited by||Blanche Sewell|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
|Box office||$2,507,000 |
Ship Ahoy was the first of two films in which Powell and Skelton co-starred. It is considered a lesser effort on both actors' behalf, however the film is chiefly remembered today for including Frank Sinatra, who appears in an uncredited performance as a singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The movie also is credited with one of the most unusual displays of dance on screen for a sequence in which Powell's character, needing to communicate a message to a (real) US agent in the audience of one of her shows, manages to tap out the message in morse code. (Reportedly, Powell taps genuine code during the performance.)
Tallulah Winters is a dancing star who is hired to perform on an ocean liner. Before she leaves, she is recruited by what she believes is a branch of the American government and asked to smuggle a prototype explosive mine out of the country. In fact, she is unknowingly working for Nazi agents who have stolen the mine. Meanwhile, Merton Kibble ( Red Skelton), a writer of pulp fiction adventure stories but suffering from severe writer's block, is on the same ship and soon he finds himself embroiled in Tallulah's real-life adventure. Also appearing in the film were Bert Lahr, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, and Virginia O'Brien.
- Eleanor Powell as Tallulah Winters
- Red Skelton as Merton K. Kibble
- Bert Lahr as "Skip" Owens
- Virginia O'Brien as Fran Evans
- William Post Jr. as H. U. Bennett
- James Cross as "Stump"
- Eddie Hartman as "Stumpy"
- Stuart Crawford as Art Higgins
- John Emery as Dr. Farno
- Bernard Nedell as Pietro Polesi
- Tommy Dorsey as Himself
- Frank Sinatra as Himself
- Buddy Rich as Himself
- Ziggy Elman as Himself
- Moroni Olsen as Inspector Davis
- George Watts as Hotel detective
- Ralph Dunn as Flammer
- William Tannen as Grimes
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58