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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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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 »


Torna a Surriento (Return to Sorrento)
(1902) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto De Curtis
Sung by Bobby Breen and Chorus
Reprised by them at the end
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Bobby Goes to Sea
7 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Fisherman's Wharf is a fine family film which showcases the singing talents of young Bobby Breen. Young Breen works on a fishing boat with his father Leo Carrillo and family friend Henry Armetta. In fact the film begins and ends with Breen leading a chorus of San Francisco fishermen from Fisherman's Wharf with Come Back To Sorrento. Such other Italian traditional works like Funniculi Funnicula and Santa Lucia are among other songs Breen wrapping his soprano pipes around.

Into their lives come Carrillo's newly widowed sister-in-law Lee Patrick and her spoiled brat of a son Tommy Bupp. My biggest problem with the film was the fact that Patrick's sister could marry a fisherman like Carrillo and Patrick could marry some Boston blue blood. Nevertheless she did and now she's having trouble making ends meet so the good hearted Carrillo invites them to stay with him.

No sooner does she get there in that she starts rearranging Carrillo's life which upsets Armetta and housekeeper Rosina Galli. And Bupp who's the kind of a kid you'd like to smack on general principles makes life for Breen miserable especially after he reveals a family secret.

Everyone in this film including Bobby Breen have done better work, but Bobby sang well in the film. Fisherman's Wharf was on a lot of people's minds as another Italian from San Francisco whose father was a fisherman there was having one of his greatest seasons as a baseball player. Giuseppe DiMaggio could well have been in that fisherman chorus accompanying Bobby Breen.

Wonder if Giuseppe could carry a tune? In any event Fisherman's Wharf is a nice family picture that's a bit old fashioned for some tastes, but I rather liked it.

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