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Fisherman's Wharf (1939)

Carlo Roma and his foster-son, Toma, and their friend Beppo, are living a happy fisherman's life in San Francisco until Carlo's widowed sister-in-law, Stella, shows up with her brat-son, ... See full summary »


Bernard Vorhaus


Bernard Schubert (screenplay), Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) (as Ian Hunter) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ... Tony Roma
Leo Carrillo ... Carlo Roma
Henry Armetta ... Beppo
Lee Patrick ... Stella
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Angelina
Tommy Bupp ... Rudolph
Leon Belasco ... Luigi
George Humbert George Humbert ... Pietro
Slicker the Seal Slicker the Seal ... Julius the Seal
Dorr's St. Luke's Choristers Dorr's St. Luke's Choristers ... Wedding Choir


Carlo Roma and his foster-son, Toma, and their friend Beppo, are living a happy fisherman's life in San Francisco until Carlo's widowed sister-in-law, Stella, shows up with her brat-son, Rudolph, and takes over. Poor Toma gets his feelings hurt and the idea he "isn't wanted" and runs away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Strange sights and unusual scenes among the happy fisher folk of San Francisco's "Dead End," a locale absolutely new to the screen...background for the touching drama of a lad who "wasn't wanted" by the folks he loved the most, (original ad) See more »


Adventure | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »





English | Italian

Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sul mare luccica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in New York City Monday 17 November 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Sunday 22 February 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in St. Louis Thursday 11 March 1948 on KSD (Channel 5). See more »


Slicker the Seal is credited onscreen as "Himself," but he is called "Julius" in the film. See more »


Torna a Surriento (Return to Sorrento)
(1902) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto De Curtis
Sung by Bobby Breen and Chorus
Reprised by them at the end
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Bobby Goes to Sea
7 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Fisherman's Wharf is a fine family film which showcases the singing talents of young Bobby Breen. Young Breen works on a fishing boat with his father Leo Carrillo and family friend Henry Armetta. In fact the film begins and ends with Breen leading a chorus of San Francisco fishermen from Fisherman's Wharf with Come Back To Sorrento. Such other Italian traditional works like Funniculi Funnicula and Santa Lucia are among other songs Breen wrapping his soprano pipes around.

Into their lives come Carrillo's newly widowed sister-in-law Lee Patrick and her spoiled brat of a son Tommy Bupp. My biggest problem with the film was the fact that Patrick's sister could marry a fisherman like Carrillo and Patrick could marry some Boston blue blood. Nevertheless she did and now she's having trouble making ends meet so the good hearted Carrillo invites them to stay with him.

No sooner does she get there in that she starts rearranging Carrillo's life which upsets Armetta and housekeeper Rosina Galli. And Bupp who's the kind of a kid you'd like to smack on general principles makes life for Breen miserable especially after he reveals a family secret.

Everyone in this film including Bobby Breen have done better work, but Bobby sang well in the film. Fisherman's Wharf was on a lot of people's minds as another Italian from San Francisco whose father was a fisherman there was having one of his greatest seasons as a baseball player. Giuseppe DiMaggio could well have been in that fisherman chorus accompanying Bobby Breen.

Wonder if Giuseppe could carry a tune? In any event Fisherman's Wharf is a nice family picture that's a bit old fashioned for some tastes, but I rather liked it.

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