THREE SAILORS AND A GIRL
RELEASED: 1953 CAPITOL RECORDS L-485 - 10 inch FBF-485 - 45 rpm - 2 record set
YOU'RE BUT OH SO RIGHT Gordon and chorus
KISS ME OR I'LL SCREAM
FACE TO FACE Gordon
LATELY SONG Jane Powell, Gordon, chorus
THERE MUST BE A REASON Gordon and Jane
SHOW ME A HAPPY WOMAN
MY HEART IS A SINGING HEART Jane and Gordon
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Gordon and Jane
NOTES: Music from the Motion Picture in which Gordon co-starred with Jane Powell and Gene Nelson
Three Sailors and a Girl is a 1953 musical film made by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth and written by Devery Freeman and Roland Kibbee, based on the George S. Kaufman play The Butter and Egg Man. Ray Heindorf was the musical director, with orchestrations by Gus Levene, and vocal arrangements by Norman Luboff. Choreography was by LeRoy Prinz.
The soundtrack features original songs with music composed by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. As was the practice at the time, the soundtrack album was a studio recording [Capitol L-485 (10" LP) and FBF-485 (2 EP Box-Set)]. The Capitol Records album was released early in 1954, and featured eight of the songs from the Fein/Cahn songwriting team. The film's stars Jane Powell and Gordon MacRae are the featured vocalists. George Greeley conducted the orchestra and chorus. The album was re-issued and released on CD in 2006; it contained 12 more songs by MacRae
While their submarine is docked in New York City, three sailors on liberty invest the money they've earned at sea in a Broadway musical and its up-and-coming star.
Choirboy Jones carries a gunnysack stuffed with $50,000 in cash from his fellow sailors. Joe Woods, producing a new show starring the singer Emilio Rossi, is delighted to find a new investor, but female lead Penny Weston is worried that the boys are in over their heads.
After the show's out-of-town opening is a flop, Woods, Rossi and even the author want out. Penny consults some distinguished Broadway artists for their advice, which includes casting the talented singer Jones, dancer Twitch and comic Porky in key roles. The show is a smash and the sailors reap a handsome return on their investment, with Jones and Penny falling in love as a bonus.
Jane Powell as Penny Weston
Gordon MacRae as "Choirboy" Jones
Gene Nelson as Twitch
Sam Levene as Joe Woods
Jack E. Leonard as Porky
George Givot as Emilio Rossi
Veda Ann Borg as Faye Foss
Archer MacDonald as Webster
Raymond Greenleaf as Morrow
Henry Slate as Hank the Sailor
Burt Lancaster made an uncredited cameo appearance at the end, playing a Marine who hesitantly asks about taking over the starring role in the musical after Jones has to return to the Navy. Joe Woods brushes him off. When a woman asks why he was so brusque, Joe tells her that the Marine looked too much like Burt Lancaster. Merv Griffin also appeared uncredited as one of the sailors.
Jane Powell (born Suzanne Lorraine Burce, April 1, 1929) is an American singer, dancer, and actress. Powell rose to fame during her childhood as a singer in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, and signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Once there, the studio used her vocal, dancing, and acting talents, casting her in such musicals as Royal Wedding (1951) with Fred Astaire, A Date with Judy (1948) with friend Elizabeth Taylor, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) with Howard Keel. In the late 1950s, her film career slowed, leading her to a prolific theater and television career.
In 1985, she relocated with her fifth husband, former child star Dickie Moore (died 2015), to New York City and Wilton, Connecticut, where Powell is still active in local theatre.