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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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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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here comes the sappiest salt that ever sailed the seven seas! (Print Ad- Wray Rattler, ((Wray, Colo.)) 8 February 1934) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, inside Handsome's locker, are pictures of Warner Brothers contract stars, two of which are Bette Davis (upper left) and Joan Blondell (lower right). See more »

Quotes

Admiral Farnsworth: I still contend that the battleship is the backbone of our national defense. Airplanes are marvelous weapons, I grant you that. But, this idea about battleships being a thing of the past is all poppycock!
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Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the harmonica
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Archetypical Joe E. Brown comedy
13 June 1999 | by moveebobSee all my reviews

Top drawer Joe E. Brown in the navy comedy that one watches these days only through the graces of Turner Classic Movies. Frank McHugh's his sidekick as he swaggers his way thru boxing matches and girlfriends.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of the Gobs See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Saratoga CV-3 See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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