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Son of the Navy (1940)

 |  Drama, Comedy  |  30 March 1940 (USA)
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Actually, the sailor wants nothing to do with the boy, who we eventually find out is an orphan who ran away from the orphanage, trying to find a new Mom and Dad. The sailor, not knowing ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Stevie Moore
James Dunn ...
Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone
Martin Spellman ...
Capt. Parker
William Royle ...
Chief Petty Officer Pat Moote (as Wm. Royle)
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Baker - Landlady
Craig Reynolds ...
Brad Wheeler
Nelson (as Dave O'Brian)
Gene Morgan ...
Charles King ...
Duke Johnson -Detective (as Chas. King Jr.)
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Actually, the sailor wants nothing to do with the boy, who we eventually find out is an orphan who ran away from the orphanage, trying to find a new Mom and Dad. The sailor, not knowing anything about the boy, thinks he'll be more successful hitchhiking alone back to his ship. It's the boy who has the idea of pretending to be the sailor's kid, jumping into his arms, pretending to be a sick kid, prompting a well-meaning woman to pick them both up. The boy continues to pretend that the sailor is his dad, causing many problems for the sailor when everyone believes the boy, and doesn't believe the sailor. The movie continues, sometimes humorously, and often dramatically, as the main characters continue to grow closer together, becoming the family that they were not, before. An enjoyable diversion for a weekday afternoon (I'm watching it on FETV). Written by JohnK

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30 March 1940 (USA)  »

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The family of his choice
9 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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