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Shipmates (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 April 1931 (USA)
The handsome young seaman John Paul Jones falls in love with Kit Corbin. Kit is the daughter of admiral Ben Corbin. But John is unable to act upon his love because of social class ... See full summary »

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(based on the story: "Maskee" by), (adaptation) (as Lou Edelman) | 5 more credits »
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Jonesey
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Scotty
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Kit
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Admiral Corbin
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Bilge
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Mike
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Mary Lou
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What-Ho (as Edward Nugent)
E. Alyn Warren ...
Wong
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Captain Beatty
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Auntie
William Worthington ...
Admiral Schuyler
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The handsome young seaman John Paul Jones falls in love with Kit Corbin. Kit is the daughter of admiral Ben Corbin. But John is unable to act upon his love because of social class differences. Meanwhile a perpetually angry Capt. Henry Beatty constantly abuses him while he struggles to get into the Naval Academy. Written by Robert

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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25 April 1931 (USA)  »

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Colegas de Bordo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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This is one of about two dozen feature films directed by Harry A. Pollard, which the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, in all 3 of their volumes, 1911-1920, 1921-1930 and 1931-1940, chooses to erroneously credit to comedian Harry (Snub) Pollard, who is, of course, a different person entirely. See more »

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More Navy than usual
28 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It seems like if you have the name of John Paul Jones you are destined for nothing but a navy career and such is the case with Seaman Robert Montgomery who'd be very happy to spend his entire career on the refueling tender that never leaves the harbor. This is the Depression and many would have envied Montgomery having three squares a day and a place to sleep. But when the admiral's flagship is short a complement of sailors he gets abruptly transferred there with his buddy Cliff Edwards where Montgomery has already made an enemy of Chief Boatswain's Mate Ernest Torrence.

Montgomery and Torrence fall into a rivalry that if this were done over at Warner Brothers a bit later on James Cagney and Pat O'Brien would have fallen into these roles. In fact the plot here is not dissimilar to those other Warner Brothers classics Flirtation Walk and Shipmates Forever which had Dick Powell in them.

It's the flagship so you are constantly reminded that you have to be more Navy than usual. Do you doubt that Montgomery will show he has the right stuff?

After over 80 years Shipmates holds up well as entertainment. I think sailors everywhere will identify with those usual situations even in today's atomic fleet.


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