A sailor hitchhiking to his base at San Pedro and an orphan boy who has taken along his dog in a search for a mother and father meet up on the road. The sailor decides it would be easier to... See full summary »
A sailor hitchhiking to his base at San Pedro and an orphan boy who has taken along his dog in a search for a mother and father meet up on the road. The sailor decides it would be easier to get a ride if they pretended to be father and son; the boy has other ideas. Written by
Some familiar family clichés abound in this Monogram Production that stars James Dunn as a sailor trying to get back to his ship before it sails. He meets up with young Martin Spellman who is running away from an orphanage and the two of them and Martin's terrier dog team up to hitch a ride with Jean Parker to get to the docks at San Pedro.
If Dunn thinks he's seen the last of Parker, Spellman, and the dog he's got another think coming. Spellman has picked these two out as his future parents. That's going to be hard because Parker is a Navy brat who has sworn she'll never marry a sailor. She's got a nice steady responsible businessman boyfriend in Craig Reynolds who's also one big drip.
I don't think I have to say any more. Monogram was never known for its originality. But young Spellman is a winning kid and you do really root for him to get the family of his choice.
Son Of The Navy is a nice family film that for Monogram is the equivalent of something like The Yearling.
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