Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not move away even if they could. Probably the most upstanding citizen in the area is Doc, a marine biologist who earns a living primarily by collecting and selling marine specimens for research. He is a lost soul who is looking for his place in life. He is running away from his past, one where he is trying to make amends for what he considers a past wrong. But his current life isn't totally satisfying either. He believes that his recent collection of eight baby octopi will help him define that future in conducting research on their behavior. However, he is finding that research is not as easy as he had hoped, and that he is still feeling restless. Into the area comes drifter Suzy DeSoto. She too is a lost soul. With few job skills, she gets a job as what she calls a floozy in the local whorehouse, ... Written by
You don't have to be crazy to live here...but it helps.
Did You Know?
The Cannery Row street scene exteriors were actually filmed on a sound stage in Culver City. The Cannery Row strip still exists in Monterey but the canning businesses of an earlier era are all but gone and it is now mostly a marine sanctuary. See more
When Susie brings the macaroons to Doc, the rattlesnake cage is a few inches below her elbow. In the next shot, the cage is a few inches above her elbow. See more
Cannery Row has never been like anywhere else. For one thing, its people are different. When the town died off, most of them failed to notice. Some say nobody would live here if they didn't have to, but there are some, like The Seer, who wouldn't live anywhere else, even if they could. Of all the people on Cannery Row, Doc is probably the best known. He makes as good a living as he needs by collecting marine animals and selling them to colleges and museums. Over the ...
BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA
by Bob Haggart
and Ray Bauduc
Performed by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
Courtesy of MCA Records See more