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Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that they succeed in doing is to sink the Admiral's launch. After discharge, broke and out of work, they find work with a boat builder who wants the fastest race boat in the World. They design the boat, carburetor and the engine but lack of money and the foreclosure of the business hinders their efforts to prove the new design. Written by
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Well first off, William Haines was NOT "given the shove" by MGM as noted in another comment here. Haines quit MGM rather than submit to the maniacal hypocrite, L.B. Mayer. Haines had been among MGM's top stars from 1926 til he quit in 1932.
All of Haines' talkies for MGM have that cheap, second-feature look, partly because of Mayer's dislike for the openly gay Haines. But most of his film were hits anyway.
Here Haines plays his usual brassy, smart-ass self as an ex-navy man who has invented a swell motor. After being scuttled by a yacht, Haines and sidekick (the always funny Cliff Edwards) get taken to Catalina where they wheedle their way into the girl's father's boat business. Haines is also sweet on the girl--Madge Evans--but her sour boyfriend--Conrad Nagel--has other plans.
Lots of snappy lines here and an exciting boat-race finish make Haines' last MGM film a bittersweet event. He could have had another decade of film stardom. The chemistry between Haines and Evans is a joy.
As noted elsewhere Karl Dane and Pete Smith make appearances but it's Arthur Byron who plays the father, not Kenneth Thomson.
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