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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?


Howard Hawks


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




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 ... Girl #3 in Panama City
Eileen Sedgwick ... Girl Cyclist in Amsterdam (as Gretel Yoltz)
Michael Visaroff ... Maria Buenjolla's Lover


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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A woman is a woman and there's "A Girl in Every Port," But a man's friendship is worth them all. (Print Ad-The Observer, ((Newberry, SC)) 12 February 1929) See more »



Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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 »


Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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A Girl in Every Port review
4 May 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Victor McLaglen and Robert Armstrong become best buddies after trying to beat the brains out of one another in this solid but unremarkable comedy from Howard Hawks. The delectable Louise Brooks is the scheming woman who threatens to come between them. Pabst hired Brooks for Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl after seeing her in this movie, and got so much more from her than Hawks does here.

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26 February 1928 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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