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A Girl in Every Port (1928)

Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young women come between them?

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Howard Hawks, James Kevin McGuinness (screen story) (as James K. McGuinness) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Spike Madden
Louise Brooks ... Marie / Mam'selleGodiva - Girl in Marseille
Robert Armstrong ... Bill / Salami
Maria Alba ... Maria Buenjolla / Chiquita - Girl in Rio de Janeiro (as Maria Casajuana)
Francis McDonald ... Circus Manager
Leila Hyams ... Widow in San Pedro, Belize
Natalie Joyce Natalie Joyce ... Girl #3 in Panama City
Eileen Sedgwick ... Girl Cyclist in Amsterdam (as Gretel Yoltz)
Michael Visaroff Michael Visaroff ... Maria Buenjolla's Lover
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Storyline

Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young women come between them?

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You'll Like This One!---It's a rollicking, jolly, happy picture---a laugh all the way.


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kochanek mial sto See more »

Company Credits

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It appears that the English print shown in the US, UK and Spain, running at 78 minutes, lacks scenes in the first part of the movie with girls in Liverpool, a South Sea Island, Singapore and Bombay. A laudatory reference to the role of Myrna Loy as a Malaysian girl, by Adonis Kyrou in his book "Amour-Erotisme & Cinéma", confirms that that scene existed in copies shown in France before 1957. See more »

Goofs

Spike Madden consults his little black addresses book at each port, and we see close-ups of the pages with names, addresses and notes. When he crosses out Maria Buenjolla's name, the page is as large as his pencil-holding hand, out of proportion to the pocket book seen earlier. By WesternOne. See more »

Quotes

Spike Madden: I remember! This is the place - and she's got a figure like an eel!
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Alternate Versions

The more complete version known today runs under 79 minutes, yet it lacks scenes with actresses that were named as part of 10 girls in different ports, in Fox's promotional flyer, some of whom were worth mention, by name or character, from viewers and reviewers in different countries. This may be the result of censorship, that changed the name of Madden's rival in love, from Salami to Bill - as Spike and Salami made it too obvious of a sexual innuendo. There is even a shorter version, possibly from the TCM archives, being shown in film festivals that runs under 64 minutes. See more »

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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Appealing in more ways than one
19 July 2000 | by fredfSee all my reviews

This is what we call today a "guy film" in which two buddies share everything from drinking bouts to bar room brawls to girls. An early effort by director Howard Hawks, the bar and fight sequences are fast, at times comical and always colorful.

Another interesting thing about the film is that we get a chance to see what ordinary people looked like in the 20's. Being about two sailors and their adventures ashore, we a shown a much more exotic world than we might see today. Take for example when one of our heroes picks up a Dutch girl, dressed in full traditional Dutch costume which was common at the time. From our modern view, we expect her to act like some old fashioned Dutch doll, but instead she acts like any other teenaged girl who is out on a date with a hunk. It is a reminder that people haven't changed that much.

Louise Brooks is another treat in the film. A very extraordinary personality, Louise is the center of attention whenever she is on screen. The sexual tension is highly electric in her scenes. It was because of this film that she was chosen for her famous role as Lulu in "Pandora's Box" where she would make cinema history. All in all, although the film is not one of the greats, it certainly has some great moments and is well worth seeing.


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