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Tugboat Annie (1933)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 August 1933 (USA)
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Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their ... See full summary »

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Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their tugboat business. Dressler dotes on his son and his snooty girlfriend. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The character Tugboat Annie is based on Thea Foss (1857-1927) who founded the Foss Launch & Tug Co. in Tacoma, Washington in 1889. Today, Foss Maritime owns the largest fleet of tugboats on the U.S. West Coast. See more »

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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

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Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Charles B. Ward
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Marie Dressler & Wallace Beery Shine In Nautical Heart Warmer
1 October 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

TUGBOAT ANNIE, the `old sea cow,' pilots her beloved Narcissus around Puget Sound, constantly on the lookout for the shenanigans of her drunken husband. Their son strives to become the skipper of a great liner, but his success will imperil his father's life & break his mother's heart...

Marie Dressler & Wallace Beery are nothing short of wonderful in this funny, touching film. The roles are a comfortable fit - they wear them like old clothes. With their life-worn faces & rumpled bodies, they embody a decent commonality which gives their acting the little something extra that pushes it over the top and makes their performances very special.

Dressler was queen of the box office when she made this film, absolutely beloved by millions of American movie fans. Almost a force of nature, a cinematic Earth Mother, she was already carrying the cancer which would kill her the very next year. Beery would go on to other memorable roles, but his teamings with Dressler would always remain unique.

Robert Young & Maureen O'Sullivan nicely play the young people, but they are completely overshadowed by the two old pros.

Location settings help the movie's ambiance terrifically. The film is based on stories written by Norman Reilly Raine and published in the Saturday Evening Post.


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