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Fisherman's Wharf (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Music  |  3 February 1939 (USA)
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Carlo Roma and his foster-son, Toma, and their friend Beppo, are living a happy fisherman's life in San Francisco until Carlo's widowed sister-in-law, Stella, shows up with her brat-son, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ...
Tony Roma
Leo Carrillo ...
Carlo Roma
Henry Armetta ...
Lee Patrick ...
Rosina Galli ...
Tommy Bupp ...
Leon Belasco ...
George Humbert ...
Slicker the Seal ...
Julius the Seal
Dorr's St. Luke's Choristers ...
Wedding Choir


Carlo Roma and his foster-son, Toma, and their friend Beppo, are living a happy fisherman's life in San Francisco until Carlo's widowed sister-in-law, Stella, shows up with her brat-son, Rudolph, and takes over. Poor Toma gets his feelings hurt and the idea he "isn't wanted" and runs away. Written by Les Adams <>

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Strange sights and unusual scenes among the happy fisher folk of San Francisco's "Dead End," a locale absolutely new to the screen...background for the touching drama of a lad who "wasn't wanted" by the folks he loved the most, (original ad) See more »


Adventure | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sul mare luccica  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank Churchill and Paul Francis Webster (as Paul F. Webster) are credited onscreen for "Songs of Italy." However, that title refers to a medley of three Italian songs written by others. So we assume that both men were musical arrangers. They did publish a song, "Blue Italian Waters," which may have been played as background music. See more »


Slicker the Seal is credited onscreen as "Himself," but he is called "Julius" in the film. See more »


Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
In the "Songs of Italy" segment
Written by Peppino Turco and Luigi Denza
Sung by Bobby Breen and Chorus
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formulaic film making
7 May 2008 | by (london) – See all my reviews

It is indicative of the lack of interest in Bobby Breen that despite the fact that this film was shown last July on TCM it has not yet received 5 votes and this is its first review.It has to be said that by the time this film was made Breen was about to enter those troublesome times for any child star,namely the teens.This film actually has a very good supporting cast not least of whom are Leo Carillio and Lee Patrick.Funny to think that after making such a minor film as this she went on to co star in The Maltese falcon for which she is rightly remembered.There is little to say about this film save that Breen sings a lot,Patrick comes in with her snotty brat of a son and causes strife were there was none but after a few tears being shed all ends up happily.To be honest this is only worth watching if you are a fan of Breen or any of the stars.

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