Two Girls and a Sailor

Two Girls and a Sailor is a 1944 musical film about two singing sisters who are helped to set up a canteen to entertain soldiers by a mysterious wealthy admirer. It featured a host of celebrity performances, including Jimmy Durante doing his hallmark "Inka Dinka Doo", Gracie Allen, and Lena Horne. Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Two Girls and a Sailor
Film poster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byRichard Connell
Gladys Lehman
StarringJune Allyson
Gloria DeHaven
Van Johnson
Music byCalvin Jackson
George Stoll
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 1944 (1944-06) (US)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,576,000[1]


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 tidy 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 it is none other than Johnny. It also turns out that Johnny is 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. He and his son are joyfully reunited.




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. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. (her Wikipedia filmography)
  5. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-05.

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