The Film

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


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


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.



December 1944, Back Cover


And look what we found on the other side of the December, 1944 WAVES Newsletter. An ad for the new film Here Come the WAVES.

The Betty Hutton/Bing Crosby vehicle was filmed on Navy bases and at the Hunter College Boot Camp. It went into pre-release at Navy facilities across the United States before going into theatrical release December 18, 1944.


Here Come the WAVES


It was Christmas week, 1944, that the feature film Here Come the WAVES (film still above) premiered in New York, but WAVES got a sneak peek before the premiere.


The film features Betty Hutton, playing twin sisters who join the WAVES, and Bing Crosby, as the celebrity who joins the Navy in order to help the war effort.