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Rough Seas (1931)

On his way home following World War I, Charley smuggles his French sweetheart aboard ship and gets into all kinds of trouble.


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (dialogue)


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Credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Pvt. Charley Chase
Thelma Todd ... Antoinette
Carlton Griffin Carlton Griffin ... Lieutenant
The Ranch Boys The Ranch Boys ... Soldiers / Singing Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Adams Jimmie Adams ... Pvt. Jimmie Adams (as The Ranch Boys)
Frank Gage Frank Gage ... Pvt. Frank Gage (as The Ranch Boys)
Marvin Hatley Marvin Hatley ... Pvt. Marvin Hatley (as The Ranch Boys)
Vern Trimble Vern Trimble ... Pvt. Vern Trimble (as one of The Ranch Boys)


World War I is over, and the American soldiers are boarding ships to sail for home. Pvt. Charley Chase smuggles his French girlfriend Antoinette aboard as a bag of dirty laundry while his pet monkey Napoleon manages to sneak aboard on his own. Charley and his monkey steal a soldier's uniform for Antoinette piece by piece, and then Charley sings, dances, plays the harmonica and accordion, and pulls pranks on his fellow soldiers while he should be working. The ship's doctor attempts to restore the beautiful tenor voice of a member of Charley's quartet, and Napoleon wreaks havoc by playing with the ship's controls and a cannon. Written by TimeNTide

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Release Date:

25 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Braut im Wäschesack See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pvt. Charley Chase: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again! Hooray! Hooray! Goodbye Frenchie! Our Re-vour!
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Alternate-language version of Monerías (1931) See more »


Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
Music from German folk song
Performed by Charley Chase on accordion
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A must-see if you love monkeys
21 July 2008 | by mrs_m_norrisSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this little film mostly because of the monkey. He was really cute and appeared to be extremely well trained!

I also enjoyed Charley Chase's facial expressions and the practical jokes they played on one another (dumping buckets of sudsy water onto people's heads).

I did laugh out loud in some parts; I have to disagree with another commenter on here about it not being funny. The part where the girlfriend's leg broke out of the sack as he was carrying her onto the ship was really well executed and I found it very funny.

All in all it was a nice film to watch, but the monkey stole the show.

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