Here Come the Waves


1h 39m 1944

Brief Synopsis

Twin sisters Rosemary and Susie Allison are successful nightclub performers. Their act is about to come to a close when serious-minded Rosemary announces she's joining the Waves. Fun-loving Susie decides to enlist also, especially after she learns that crooner Johnny Cabot has just been drafted by the Navy.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1944
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Dec 1944
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9,389ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

Women all over the United States give up their jobs to contribute to the war effort and join the WAVES, the Women's Reserve branch of the Navy. One night, after New York nightclub singers the Allison Twins perform a rousing version of "Join the Navy," Rosemary, the smarter of the pair, tells her dizzy blonde sister Susie that she is tired of just singing the song, and intends to join up. Susie reluctantly enlists with her sister and they join the other recruits at the United States Naval Training School in the Bronx. After five weeks of training, Rosemary and Susie use their night off to see the performance of Susie's heartthrob, singer Johnny Cabot. Rosemary is appalled by the screaming and fainting women who comprise Johnny's audience. Later, at a nightclub, they are introduced to Johnny by their childhood friend Windy, and while Rosemary snubs Johnny because he is still a civilian, Susie faints when she dances with him. Unknown to Rosemary, it is Johnny's fervent wish to follow his father's footsteps in the Navy, but he has been rejected because he is color blind. When the Navy lowers their physical requirements, Johnny enlists and is stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, where Susie and Rosemary are also stationed. Windy and Johnny compete for Rosemary's affections, but Rosemary falls in love with Johnny. When Johnny receives orders to ship out on the same ship on which his father served, Susie, unaware of her sister's affection, forges Johnny's name on a letter in which she suggests that Johnny's talents be used to recruit more WAVES. Johnny is mystified when he is then assigned to produce, stage and appear in a theatrical production to recruit WAVES, and angrily blames Windy for keeping him from active duty. To punish Windy, Johnny makes him his assistant, and Windy vengefully convinces Rosemary that Johnny has willfully sidestepped active duty. Susie confides in Windy, who keeps the ruse a secret, and they destroy her original letter. Johnny casts Susie and Rosemary in the show, but Rosemary, now disenchanted with Johnny, drops out and is reassigned to the air traffic control tower. Rosemary changes her mind, however, so that she can convince her infatuated sister of Johnny's cowardice. When Windy learns that Johnny intends to propose to Rosemary, he and Susie formulate a plan in which Susie impersonates her sister, and successfully drives a wedge between Rosemary and Johnny. Disgusted by his situation, Johnny goes AWOL, hoping to rejoin his ship for active duty, but Windy and Susie forestall him, confess the truth, and trick him into missing his plane. Johnny goes on with the show and Rosemary apologizes for the misunderstanding, and is then responsible for Johnny's reassignment to his ship. After Susie discovers there is no "magic" to kissing Johnny, he reunites with Rosemary. Susie then kisses Windy farewell, and faints.

Cast

Bing Crosby

Johnny Cabot

Betty Hutton

Susie Allison/Rosemary Allison

Sonny Tufts

Windy

Ann Doran

Ruth

Gwen Crawford

Tex

Noel Neill

Dorothy

Catherine Craig

Lieut. Townsend

Marjorie Henshaw

Isabel

Harry Barris

Band leader

Mae Clarke

Ensign Kirk

Minor Watson

High ranking officer

Roberta Jonay

Specialty dancer

Guy Zanett

Specialty dancer

Dorothee Jarnac

Specialty dancer

Joel Friend

Specialty dancer

Florence Johnson

Young girl

Maxine Fife

Pretty woman

Kay Linaker

Pretty woman

Terry Adams

Pretty woman

Louise Laplanche

Woman photographer

Odessa Lauren

Cigarette girl, Cobra Club

Mona Freeman

Fainting woman

Carlotta Jelm

Fainting woman

Albert Ruiz

Stretcher bearer

Ben Gerien

Stretcher bearer

Jack Norton

Waiter, Cabana Club

Mimi Doyle

Cabot fan act

Norma Gene Nelson

Cabot fan act

Ellen Hall

Cabot fan act

Lillian Bronson

Cabot fan act

Jimmie Dundee

Chief petty officer

William Haade

Chief petty officer

Jerry Jerome

Lieut., j.g.

Al M. Hill

Lieut., j.g.

Alex Havier

Waiter

James Flavin

Shore patrolman

Weldon Heyburn

Civilian

Edward Emerson

Civilian

Kit Guard

Yellow Cab driver

Babe London

Woman window washer

George Turner

Recruit

Larry Thompson

Petty officer

Bill Murphy

Petty officer

Jon Gilbreath

Petty officer

William Meader

Petty officer

William Forrest

Lieut. Commander

Gordon Warner

Lieut. Commander

Buddy Wilkerson

Sailor

Jerry James

Sailor

Oscar O'shea

The Commodore

Don Kramer

Miles & Kover Trio

Eddie Kover

Miles & Kover Trio

Ruth Miles

Miles & Kover Trio

Cyril Ring

Lieut. Col.

Nan Holliday

WAVE

Frances Morris

WAVE

Gloria Marlen

WAVE

Charles D. Brown

Capt. Johnson

Helena Phillips Evans

Woman bartender

Greta Granstedt

WAVE control tower operator

Gwen Kenyon

WAVE control tower operator

Pauline Drake

WAVE officer

Stan Johnson

Chief aviation pilot

Carmelle Bergstrom

Woman war worker

Lorraine Krueger

Shirley Hunter

Beatrice Gray

Maeve Murray

Jean Willes

Evellyn Dockson

Mary K. Wells

Yvonne De Carlo

Crew

Roland Anderson

Art Director

Maxine Ardell

Dancing double for Betty Hutton

Harold Arlen

Composer

Guy Bennett

2nd Camera

Haskell Boggs

2nd Camera

Clarice Chambers

Dancing doubles

C. C. Coleman Jr.

Assistant Director

John Cope

Sound Recording

Danny Dare

Ensembles staged by

Yeoman Second Class Virginia E. Debolt

Special thanks to

Kenneth Deland

Unit Manager

Robert Emmett Dolan

Music Director

Jan Domela

Special Photographer Effects Assistant

Hans Dreier

Art Director

Farciot Edouart

Process Photography

Ken Englund

Original Screenplay

Hugo Grenzbach

Sound Recording

Milt Gross

Set sketches for show

Edith Head

Non-military Costume

Ellsworth Hoagland

Editing

Gordon Jennings

Special Photography Effects

Wallace Kelley

Process Photographer Assistant

Alice Kirby

Dancing doubles

Charles Lang Jr.

Director of Photography

Sam Ledner

Dance Supervisor for "That Old Black Magic" seq

Paul Lerpae

Special Photography Effects

Joseph J. Lilley

Vocal Arrangements

Vera Marshe

Double for Betty Hutton

Charles Mayon

Dancing double for Bing Crosby

Johnny Mercer

Composer

Ray Moyer

Set Decoration

Zion Myers

Original Screenplay

Helen Gladys Percey

Research Director

Harry Perry

Process Photographer Assistant

Lieutenant (j.g.) Kathleen C. Quinn

Special thanks to

Specialist (s) Second Class Dorsey M. Reed

Special thanks to

Specialist (t) First Class Lorraine Robarge

Special thanks to

Irmin Roberts

Special Photographer Effects Assistant

Dorothy Robinson

Research Assistant

Troy Sanders

Music Associate

Mark Sandrich

Producer

Allan Scott

Original Screenplay

Specialist (y) Third Class Marie Shale

Special thanks to

Yeoman Second Class Margaret A. Sharp

Special thanks to

Lieutenant (j.g.) Rebecca M. Stribling

Special thanks to

George Templeton

2nd Unit Director

Wally Westmore

Makeup Supervisor

Lieutenant Commander Louise K. Wilde

Special thanks to

Philip Wisdom

Music mixer

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1944
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Dec 1944
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9,389ft (10 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Song

1944

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The film's opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We are grateful for the cooperation of the United States Navy, particularly the Womens Reserve." Hollywood Reporter news items reported the following about the production: Mark Sandrich consulted with Capt. Mildred Helen McAfee, the director of the Women's Reserve of the Navy, on his plans for this film. High school students Kay Scott and Gloria Saunders were to make their feature film debuts in this film, but neither actress is credited in reviews or the CBCS. Although the Variety review noted that Vera Marshe was billed as Betty Hutton's double, she did not receive onscreen credit, but was credited on the billing Paramount released to the press. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, second unit footage was shot in San Diego, CA. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Song) for "Accentuate the Positive."