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Two Girls and a Sailor

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Two Girls and a Sailor
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Written byRichard Connell
Gladys Lehman
Produced byJoe Pasternak
StarringJune Allyson
Gloria DeHaven
Van Johnson
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Music byCalvin Jackson
George Stoll
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 1944 (1944-06)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.4 million[1]
Box office$4.5 million[1]

Two Girls and a Sailor is a 1944 American musical film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Van Johnson, June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven about two singing sisters who are helped to set up a canteen to entertain soldiers by a mysterious wealthy admirer. The picture features a host of celebrity performances, including Jimmy Durante doing his hallmark "Inka Dinka Doo", Gracie Allen (in her final film role), and Lena Horne. Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Two sisters, Jean and Patsy Deyo, are born into a vaudeville family, and when they grow up, start an act themselves. One night, they invite a bunch of servicemen to their apartment. They are both attracted to a sailor named Johnny. Jean points out to Johnny an unused nearby warehouse they wish they could make into a canteen to entertain the troops.

An anonymous benefactor they call "Somebody" starts fulfilling that goal. First, a Mr. Nizby shows up and hands them the keys to the warehouse, announcing they now own it. As the two sisters explore the dusty building, they discover that Billy Kipp, an old vaudeville performer they knew as kids, has been squatting there ever since his wife left him and took their infant son many years ago. A horde of cleaners tidies up, and the place is made into an inviting canteen, all courtesy of "Somebody". Famous entertainers perform, as do Jean and Patsy.

Johnny starts dating Jean, unaware that Patsy is also in love with him. Meanwhile, Patsy tries to discover who "Somebody" is. Finally, she learns that he is none other than Johnny. Also, Johnny turns out to be in love with Patsy, and Jean with Sergeant Frank Miller, but both did not want to hurt the other. Everything gets straightened out in the end. To top it off, Billy spots a sailor who looks just like a younger version of himself, down to his nose. His son and he are joyfully reunited.



Source: IMDB[3]


According to MGM records, the film earned $2,852,000 in the US and Canada and $1,724,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $1,726,000.[1]

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:



  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. ^
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  4. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-05.

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