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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Harry Bannister ...
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Holtzmann
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Captain Von Schlettow
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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 | morocco | See All (44) »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Mystery Ship  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

U boats were in fact a significant danger in WWI and every allied merchant fleet suffered serious loss of both ships and men . The Atlantic Convoy System with escort vessels was invented during the Great War, to help counter the threat. 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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Edited into Below the Sea (1933) See more »

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Pretty Baby
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
Background music during the Coney Island scenes
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Tiresome WWI romantic comedy/drama with William Boyd as the star...
8 April 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Three carnival workers romance the same girl until WWI interferes with their plans. They join the Navy and the plot meanders all over the place with tiresome effect.

WILLIAM BOYD (later "Hopalong Cassidy") spouts his dialog in a slow-moving way, and ROBERT ARMSTRONG and JAMES GLEASON mug their way through some silly shenanigans as sailors looking for a good time. Boyd is the Chief Petty Officer who comes out of retirement to rejoin the service. GINGER ROGERS is the carnival gal who can't seem to decide whether to get serious about Boyd or not, until the finale.

It's hopelessly contrived and full of hokey situations, dated dialog and interesting only for a glimpse of the Naval ships.

Summing up: Totally unsatisfying from almost every standpoint.


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