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Son of a Sailor (1933)

TV-G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  23 December 1933 (USA)
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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.

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Jean Muir ...
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Sheila Terry ...
Genevieve
George Blackwood ...
Armstrong
Merna Kennedy ...
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Samuel S. Hinds ...
Admiral Farnsworth (as Samuel Hinds)
Noel Francis ...
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Vincent
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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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23 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Cavando o Dele  »

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Scenes of flight deck musters of the ships' company were filmed aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3) during a joint exercise with the Army and the Navy simulating a carrier attack on Hawaii in January 1933.

During the exercise Saratoga and her sister ship Lexington successfully attacked Pearl Harbor at dawn on January 31, 1933 without being detected, almost nine years before the actual attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941. See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by sailors
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Drones invented in 1933?
15 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It was interesting to learn in Son Of A Sailor that fourteen years before I was born the US Navy was already testing drone airplanes. It wasn't called drone then, the term was robot flying. Imagine what you learn in a Joe E. Brown comedy.

As the title says, the film is set in the navy and our protagonist is the braggadocious Joe E. Brown taking his Alibi Ike character into Uncle Sam's Navy. There ain't nothing this guy can't do if you listen to him. His pal Frank McHugh listens to him intently and as they role play they provide a lot of hilarity for the rest of the crew and the movie audience.

But Brown becomes a real hero when he saves the plans for the drone airplane and the plane itself from foreign spies. The last 15 minutes or so move like an Indiana Jones feature.

Son Of A Sailor is a prime example of the comedy of Joe E. Brown and a good introduction to his work.


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