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Fisherman's Wharf (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Music | 3 February 1939 (USA)
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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Cast

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Tony Roma
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Carlo Roma
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Beppo
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Stella
Rosina Galli ...
Angelina
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Rudolph
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Luigi
George Humbert ...
Pietro
Slicker the Seal ...
Julius the Seal
Dorr's St. Luke's Choristers ...
Wedding Choir
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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, Rudolph, and takes over. Poor Toma gets his feelings hurt and the idea he "isn't wanted" and runs away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The funniest "family" you've ever met - with a laugh and a cry and a deep-down thrill from every member! (original poster) See more »

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Adventure | Drama | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »
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3 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sul mare luccica  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in New York City Monday 17 November 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Sunday 22 February 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in St. Louis Thursday 11 March 1948 on KSD (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

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

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(1849) (uncredited)
In the "Songs of Italy" segment
Traditional Neapolitan song
Transcribed and published by Teodoro Cottrau (1849)
Sung by Bobby Breen and Chorus
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B musical on the wharf
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Fisherman's Wharf" is the sixth of nine films that young singing star Bobby Breen made from 1936 to 1942. These were mostly B musicals put out by RKO. His earliest films were the best, before his voice began to change. This film was toward the end. The songs aren't quite as good as his earlier ones.

The production quality of this film is quite rough. But, it's worth viewing for Breen's singing and for its shooting location. The film depicts the Italian immigrant fishing fleet that had developed in San Francisco Bay over the previous decades. While commercial fishing still operates out of the wharf area in the early 21st century, the boats are larger and of more recent vintage than the smaller boats common back then.

I've visited San Francisco a number of times, and always go to Fisherman's Wharf. What struck me as odd in this movie was the arrival of a car that the locals noted were tourists. Apparently, the wharf was not yet widely visited or established as a tourist place in the 1930s. Surely, by the end of WW II, it began to attract tourists as much as fishermen.


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