The Fleet's In (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Fleet's In (1942)





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This bubbly, romantic musical comedy is based on a hit Broadway show, Sailor Beware! and centers on shy young sailor William Holden's attempts to get the frosty Dorothy Lamour, as the sexy "Countess of Swingland" to give him a public kiss. The whole mess comes about when furloughed seamen, including Holden, head out for the colorful Swingland club to hear her sing. Though a hopeless introvert, Holden's buddies are convinced that he is a true lady killer and begin wagering on the odds of his getting to kiss Lamour. Beautiful, talented Betty Hutton makes her film debut as Lamour's vivacious roommate. Songs include: "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry," "Build a Better Mousetrap," "The Fleet's In," "Why Doesn't Anything Happen to Me?" "Tomorrow You Belong to Uncle Sam," and "Tangerine."


William Holden
as Casey Kirby
Dorothy Lamour
as The Countess of Swingland
Betty Hutton
as Bessie Day
Eddie Bracken
as Barney Waters
Cass Daley
as Cissie
Gil Lamb
as Spike
Jack Norton
as Kellogg
Barbara Britton
as Eileen Wright
Stanley Andrews
as Commander
Chester Clute
as Minister
Roy Atwell
as Arthur
Robert Warwick
as Adm. Wright
Charles Williams
as Photographer
Hal K. Dawson
as Bert, Diana's Manager
Elinor Troy
as Swingland Hostess
Alice Weaver
as Swingland Hostess
Louise LaPlanche
as Swingland Hostess
Laurie Douglas
as Swingland Hostess
Judith Gibson
as Swingland Hostess
Lynda Grey
as Swingland Hostess
Alaine Brandes
as Swingland Hostess
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Swingland Hostess
Betty Jane Rhodes
as Diana Golden
Helen O'Connell
as Herself - Dorsey Band Vocalist
Bob Eberly
as Himself - Dorsey Band Vocalist
Jimmie Dundee
as Bill - Sailor
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Critic Reviews for The Fleet's In

All Critics (1)

The interesting thing here is that Dorothy Lamour is in this movie. Everything else is incidental. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fleet's In


William Holden's a Casanova Titanic whom his Navy buds bet can't get pass Dorothy Lamour's iceberg, but he's really no Casanova at all. Oh snap, now what? Not that it matters in the slightest, as the outcomes a given anyway, and the whole film's merely a commercial punching songs of the day. And dance. Lotsa dance. There's even a conga line! How did Bill get into this mess?!? Serviceable service comedy, though the yuks are pretty starchy.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Loud and busy but also kind of fun.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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