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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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Complete credited cast:
Jean Muir ...
Helen Farnsworth
The Baroness
Sheila Terry ...
George Blackwood ...
Merna Kennedy ...
Kenneth Thomson ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Admiral Farnsworth (as Samuel Hinds)
Noel Francis ...
Arthur Vinton ...
Rear Admiral Lee


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 <>

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Adventure | Comedy


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23 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Cavando o Dele  »

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Edward A. Lynch filed a suit in a U.S. Federal Court against Warner Bros/First National Pictures in 1940. Lynch asked for $100,000, claiming that his book, "When Homer Comes Marching Home," was plagiarized by the Warner production, "Son of a Sailor," which starred Joe E. Brown. Trial opened on Thursday, February 15, with Federal Judge Clraence G. Galston presiding. See more »


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played when Handsome and Helen are on the veranda
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Archetypical Joe E. Brown comedy
13 June 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Top drawer Joe E. Brown in the navy comedy that one watches these days only through the graces of Turner Classic Movies. Frank McHugh's his sidekick as he swaggers his way thru boxing matches and girlfriends.

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