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WAVES in Hawaii

December 11, 2014

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Joy Bright Hancock (left) would be one of the first WAVES in Hawaii, arriving in December 1944. This was the first time WAVES would be based overseas.

The photo comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Inspection

December 10, 2014

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Capt. Mildred H. McAfee, USNR, accompanied by Rear Adm. George S. Bryan, USN, inspects the WAVES on duty at the Hydrographic Office, Suitland, MD. She is saluting the colors as WAVES pass in review.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Part II

December 9, 2014

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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, visiting to the officer training at Smith College in Northampton, MA with WAVE Commander Mildred McAfee.

The photograph comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.

Eleanor Roosevelt

December 8, 2014

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a staunch ally of the WAVES, both advocating for women to be in the military at the same rank and pay as men, and visiting WAVES stations from time to time.

This is a visit to the officer training at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

The photograph comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.

The Film

December 7, 2014
A moment between Rosemary (Betty Hutton) and Johnny (Bing Crosby) in the film "Here Come the WAVES."

A moment between Rosemary (Betty Hutton) and Johnny (Bing Crosby) in the film “Here Come the WAVES.”

One last post to end our series on the film Here Come the WAVES.

We’ll leave you with a quote from the film, an exchange between Rosemary and Susan, twin sisters both played by actress Betty Hutton.

Susan: Only I wish… I wish…

Roemary: What?

Roemary: I wish that I had been born twelve minutes earlier than you, and I’d have had all the brains.

And if you have some time this Sunday, check out the full film, below.

 

 

Accentuate the Positive

December 6, 2014

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Here Come the WAVES was nominated for one Oscar, for best music original song Accentuate the Positive. The song was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.

It didn’t win. It Might as Well be Spring from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical State Fair took the award that year.

Here’s a version of the song (not from the film), sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters.

 

 

Mellizas Peligrosas

December 5, 2014

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Here Come the WAVES was released worldwide, including in Sweden (Flottans farliga flickor, November 1945), Finland (Laivaston heilat, December 1946), Turkey (Gönüllü melekler, 1947), Denmark (En rigtig sailor, August 1947), and Portugal (A Tentação da Sereia, May 1949).

The poster above is from the Argentinian version of the film, known as Mellizas Peligrosas, or Dangerous Twins. The poster below from the Denmark release, which translates as A Real Sailor.

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