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Son of a Sailor (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy | 23 December 1933 (USA)
A smooth-talking sailor looking for a quick date meets the granddaughter of an admiral and finds himself in a house full of top Navy officers, along with a couple of spies interested in plans for a new robot-controlled flight system.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Alfred A. Cohn (screen play) (as Al Cohn), Paul Gerard Smith (screen play) (as Paul Girard Smith) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... 'Handsome' Callahan
Jean Muir ... Helen Farnsworth
Frank McHugh ... 'Gaga'
Thelma Todd ... The Baroness
Johnny Mack Brown ... 'Duke'
Sheila Terry ... Genevieve
George Blackwood George Blackwood ... Armstrong
Merna Kennedy ... Isabel
Kenneth Thomson ... Williams
Samuel S. Hinds ... Admiral Farnsworth (as Samuel Hinds)
Noel Francis ... Queenie
Arthur Vinton ... Vincent
George Irving ... Rear Admiral Lee
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Storyline

Sailor Handsome from the aircraft carrier Saratoga meets in San Francisco Helen, a relative of his admiral. Invited at his home he meets a friend from his ship who has invented an autopilot for the planes. Two spies are trying to steal the plans, as well as the autopilot that is already installed at a plane. Handsome tries to stop them from doing this... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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ANKLES AWAY! here comes a sailor! Blow me down, if it ain't JOE E BROWN as a knave of the navy in "SON OF A SAILOR" The silliest salt that ever sailed the seven seas! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 23 December 1933) See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavando o Dele See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Saratoga CV-3 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward A. Lynch filed a suit in a U.S. Federal Court against Warner Bros/First National Pictures in 1940. Lynch asked for $100,000, claiming that his book, "When Homer Comes Marching Home," was plagiarized by the Warner production, "Son of a Sailor," which starred Joe E. Brown. Trial opened on Thursday, February 15, with Federal Judge Clraence G. Galston presiding. See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by sailors
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Exactly what you'd expect from a Joe E. Brown movie...
19 September 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While Joe E. Brown was a very popular comedian back in the 1930s, whenever I watch his films today I notice a certain sameness in all of them. Each feature Joe as a talkative braggart whose mouth usually gets him into trouble. Frankly, because he is such a fat-headed guy in the films, it seriously harms the films--as it makes it hard to like the guy. So, whenever I watch his films, I try to take them in small doses.

This one begins on a ship in the US Navy. Joe is a seaman and once again he brags about everything. Eventually, some of his lies come back to haunt him (such as at the boxing match and officers' dinner), but like a typical Brown film he is somehow rescued by divine fate (or the kindness of strangers) and somehow succeeds by the end of the film. It's all very watchable but the screaming (his shtick) at the end while supposedly flying a plane was really, really lame.

Overall, a pleasant and watchable film but if you've seen one Brown film, you've seen just about all of them!


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