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 ...
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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Release Date:

30 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Young Recruit  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The chiefs' arm insignia are not all on the correct sleeve. The insignia is worn on the upper left sleeve, never on the right. See more »

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heartwarming story of an orphaned boy and his dog
11 May 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

A sailor needs a ride to San Pedro so he must hitchhike. At the same time a runaway orphaned boy and his dog also are looking for a ride but with the hidden motive of finding a "mom" and "pop." The sailor and boy decide to play father & son but only for hitching a ride. The boy has other plans thereby putting the unwitting sailor in trouble with the navy. The sailor at first denies a son but soon begins to like then love the boy & dog. Finding a "mother" is another thing but the boy manages though his scheming. A true heartwarming and sentimental story of a boy & his dog. Need I say more?

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