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Suicide Fleet (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, War | 20 November 1931 (USA)
Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.

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(as Albert Rogell)

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(from the story "Mystery Ship" by) (as Commander Herbert A. Jones U.S.N.), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Baltimore (as Bill Boyd)
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Dutch
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Skeets
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Sally
Harry Bannister ...
Commander
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Holtzmann
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Kid
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Captain Von Schlettow
Hans Joby ...
Schwartz
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Storyline

Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.

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u boat | fight | decoy | sailor | u.s. navy | See All (44) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mystery Ship  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

An actual ship was sunk for the production, which was filmed in part at sea. See more »

Goofs

When the two sailors are painting the side of the ship and end up 'overboard', the far shot shows them - as has the entire scene - on the port side of the ship, however the closeup alone shows them on the starboard side (the water changes direction in each shot). See more »

Quotes

'Dutch' Herman: Tommy, get hold of our destroyers!
Tommy: You bet! I'll give them the S.O.S.
'Dutch' Herman: S.O.S., hell! Tell them the German subs are planning to attack our troop ships that left New York yesterday.
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Connections

Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Dresser
Played on a record aboard ship
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Weak action comedy
25 July 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The threesome of Bill Boyd, Robert Armstrong, and James Gleason play Coney Island carnys vying for the hand of Ginger Rogers, a working gal who sells salt water taffy. With the outbreak of World War I, the threesome enlist and pursue Ginger from afar. The first half of this RKO Pathe production is hard going, with the three male leads chewing up the scenery with overcooked one-liners and 'snappy' dialogue that quickly grows tiresome. The second half concentrates on action sequences as the US Navy pursues both a German merchant cruiser and a U-boat. These sequences are lively and well-filmed, but overall this is an overlong and unsatisfying comedy-drama with a flat ending. For fans of the stars only.


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