Sailor Beware (1952)

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Although allergic to kissing girls, Seaman Melvin Jones, through a fluke TV appearance, gets the undeserved reputation of a great kisser dubbed "Mr. Temptation" and is pursued by amorous young females.



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Complete credited cast:
Corinne Calvet ...
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Mike Mahoney ...
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Because of a misunderstanding Melvin Jones is inducted into the Navy despite numerous allergies. When appearing on a TV show sponsored by a lipstick manufacturer, fluke circumstances cause him to be perceived as an irresistibly great kisser, and he is undeservedly hyped in the media as "Mr. Temptation." His shipmates bet their pay that he can get Corinne Calvet, a sexy French chanteuse, to kiss him. Despite his allergy toward kissing girls, he tries not to let them down even though it threatens his relationship with girlfriend Hilda. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Release Date:

9 February 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

At Sea with the Navy  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Corinne Calvet shows disdain for the advances of the sailors in the nightclub, the manager mentions that she was enamored with the club's former crooner who sang "Moonlight Becomes You," and suggests that Dean Martin's character's singing style might be a successful substitute. "Moonlight Becomes You" was a Bing Crosby standard, and Martin consciously tried to imitate Crosby early in his career. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, the Recruiting Officer addresses Chief Lardoski as "Petty Officer". A Chief Petty Officer is never addressed as "Petty Officer". The Recruiting Officer should have addressed him as "Chief Lardoski". See more »


Melvin Jones: There's no basis for metabolism, certain unaware of the fact that there are other men concerned here, and you still can't feel that a physical being is abstract. You've got to base the full heart and soul on the ingredients that other people are aware of the fact that physical being is isn't even evolved. Isn't that right?
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Sailor Beware is another highly enjoyable Martin & Lewis vehicle
19 August 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is another Martin & Lewis movie I watched on YouTube. In this one, they become sailors-Jerry because he needs a sea vacation to cure his ailments, Dean because having been rejected several times, the standards are now lowered. With this one, two previous leading ladies return-Marion Marshall, who was with Dean in That's My Boy, gets Jerry this time and Corinne Calvet, who had to compete with Diana Lynn in My Friend Irma Goes West, gets Dean to herself playing herself. Lewis is mostly funny when by himself though he and Dean have a hilarious conversation before a boxing scene. They also share a couple of funny numbers with the second one showcasing their tap dancing talents. There's also an appearance by then-big star Betty Hutton and one from upcoming star James Dean. And, since I like to mention whenever a player from my favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life appears, Mary Treen has a few amusing moments as Ms. Calvet's assistant. This was also the first time Lewis did an Asian stereotype which I didn't find funny though I did like it when he danced with those Hawaiian natives. Oh, and it's always nice to see Don Wilson outside of "The Jack Benny Program". So on that note, I highly recommend Sailor Beware.

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