Ship Ahoy Information
|Directed by||Edward Buzzell|
Irving Brecher (uncredited)
Harry Kurnitz (uncredited)
|Story by||Matt Brooks|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
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.)
The film was to be called I'll Take Manila, but was renamed after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Skelton and Powell next paired up in 1943's I Dood It. In that film, they appeared with Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy's brother.
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, 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.
- 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.
- Othman, Frederick C. (1941-12-12). "Studios Faced With Problem of What To Do When They Must Film Airplane Shots". The Telegraph-Herald. United Press. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
- "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58