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Swing It, Sailor! (1938)

Husky Stone (Ray Mayer), strongest man in the Navy, and as short on brains as he is as long on muscle, has an urge to get married, as his enlistment is up. The object of his affection is ... See full summary »

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Ray Mayer ...
Husky Stone
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Myrtle Montrose
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Gertie Burns
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Bos'n Hardy
Cully Richards ...
Shamus O'Shay
George Humbert ...
Pet Shop Proprietor
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Alexander Leftwich ...
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Husky Stone (Ray Mayer), strongest man in the Navy, and as short on brains as he is as long on muscle, has an urge to get married, as his enlistment is up. The object of his affection is Myrtle Montrose (Isabal Jewell), a typical "Sweetheart of the Navy." Seeking to discourage Husky's plans is his pal, Pete Kelly (Wallace Ford), who uses Husky to fight his battles and do his work. Pete frames Husky and he is confined to the brig, as their ship docks in San Francisco. Pete goes ashore, courts the fickle and ever-ready Myrtle and makes her forget Husky. The latter, when he finds out, knocks Pete out cold and refuses to have anything to do with him. Pete and Husky are sent on a working party during aerial bombing practice. They board a floating target to repair it and, unknown to the others, Husky is knocked out by a loose timber. Heading back to the ship, Pete discovers that Husky is missing, jumps overboard from the launch and swims back to the target to rescue Husky. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TWO GOBS OUT TO CORNER THE MARKET ON...BLONDES(original poster-all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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4 February 1938 (USA)  »

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He Wanted to Marry  »

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Just plain bad...
7 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Swing It, Sailor!" is an awfully poor film even if it is a B-movie. The characters range from unlikable to stupid to really annoying--and who wants to watch a film with folks like these in the main roles?!

The film begins on a navy ship. Two sailors are apparently pals--Pete (Wallace Ford) and Ray Mayer (Husky). Pete is a complete jerk that continually uses his 'pal' and this is the case through most of the movie. And, Husky is too addle-brained to figure this out for himself. Pete tries to steal a trampy lady who Husky THINKS is his girlfriend, but Myrtle (Isabel Jewell) is just a selfish jerk. And, Isabel has a lady friend she pawns off on Husky--and she's a boorish jerk. With all these nasty, selfish people you wonder why the film was made in the first place. And, after watching it, I am STILL wondering!

The bottom line is that the filmmakers took a familiar formula and ruined it by making the slick and selfish friend too slick and selfish. Even in spite of the selfless act near the end of the film, Ford's character was just nasty and you wonder how anyone could be foolish enough to have him as a friend! Unconvincing and difficult to like from start to finish.

Oh, and I noticed that one reviewer didn't like the film but did like the parrot. I hated the parrot...so I didn't even have that to like. And, combined with terrible sound and picture quality with this Alpha Video release, I wonder why I even bothered with this one.


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