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Two Girls and a Sailor, starring Van Johnson, Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante
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Two Girls and a Sailor, starring Van Johnson, Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante

Synopsis of Two Girls and a Sailor

Emmy-nominee Van Johnson (“Too Young to Kiss,” “Thrill of a Romance“), Golden Globe-winner June Allyson (“Too Young to Kiss,” Little Women“) and Gloria Dehaven (“The Yellow Cab Man,” So This is Paris“) take part in a romance where one sister falls in love with a World War II sailor, but the sailor finds himself in love with the other sister instead.


Two Girls and a Sailor starts off very simply. During World War II, two patriotic sisters (June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven) use their apartment to put on USO shows for servicemen. One sailor (Van Johnson) overhears them say they wish they could have a bigger place, but they can’t afford it. Unknown to them, he’s a millionaire — and so he buys them an empty factory.

Living in the factory is a once-great entertainer (Jimmy Durante), who has lost his son. And, his reason for living. But, he decides to help the sisters in their patriotic cause. Soon, there’s a revolving cast of guest celebrities performing there. But there’s a bit of a romantic triangle. One sister wants to marry for money …. But she falls in love with a serviceman, who’s only a farmer in civilian life. Due to a mixup, the other sister wrongly thinks that the millionaire John Dyckman Brown is chasing her sister. But which millionaire? There are three generations of him!

By the end, everything’s sorted out for the happy ending.


I have to say, I truly enjoyed Two Girls and a Sailor, and recommend it highly. The various bits with celebrities entertaining are short enough to be enjoyable, and leave the audience wanting more. The acting in the “main” story is very good, and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the parts with Jimmy Durante as the father who’s “lost” his son years before. It’s touching, without being overbearing. And the romantic quadrangle’s enjoyable as well. It’s one of my favorite musical service comedies from the 1940s.

Rating: 4 out of 5.




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