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Son of the Navy (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 30 March 1940 (USA)
Actually, the sailor wants nothing to do with the boy, who we eventually find out is an orphan who ran away from the orphanage, trying to find a new Mom and Dad. The sailor, not knowing ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

True Boardman (story), Grover Jones (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Parker ... Stevie Moore
James Dunn ... Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone
Martin Spellman ... Tommy
Selmer Jackson ... Capt. Parker
William Royle ... Chief Petty Officer Pat Moote (as Wm. Royle)
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Baker - Landlady
Craig Reynolds ... Brad Wheeler
Dave O'Brien ... Nelson (as Dave O'Brian)
Gene Morgan ... Burns
Charles King ... Duke Johnson -Detective (as Chas. King Jr.)
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Actually, the sailor wants nothing to do with the boy, who we eventually find out is an orphan who ran away from the orphanage, trying to find a new Mom and Dad. The sailor, not knowing anything about the boy, thinks he'll be more successful hitchhiking alone back to his ship. It's the boy who has the idea of pretending to be the sailor's kid, jumping into his arms, pretending to be a sick kid, prompting a well-meaning woman to pick them both up. The boy continues to pretend that the sailor is his dad, causing many problems for the sailor when everyone believes the boy, and doesn't believe the sailor. The movie continues, sometimes humorously, and often dramatically, as the main characters continue to grow closer together, becoming the family that they were not, before. An enjoyable diversion for a weekday afternoon (I'm watching it on FETV). Written by JohnK

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sailor | orphan | See All (2) »

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Recruit See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 21 February 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers in New York City got their first look at it Friday 22 October 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles four days later Tuesday 26 October 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Friday 28 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), and in Cincinnati Monday 11 July 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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As the movie begins the Chief Gunners Mate's jacket is shown with the rating on his right sleeve and his service hash marks on his left. This is correct for this time period. In subsequent shots they switch places. Currently all navy enlisted rates wear their insignia and their hash marks on their left sleeve. The old "right hand ratings" were in effect until shortly following WWII and represented the original navy ratings. See more »

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heartwarming story of an orphaned boy and his dog
11 May 2001 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

A sailor needs a ride to San Pedro so he must hitchhike. At the same time a runaway orphaned boy and his dog also are looking for a ride but with the hidden motive of finding a "mom" and "pop." The sailor and boy decide to play father & son but only for hitching a ride. The boy has other plans thereby putting the unwitting sailor in trouble with the navy. The sailor at first denies a son but soon begins to like then love the boy & dog. Finding a "mother" is another thing but the boy manages though his scheming. A true heartwarming and sentimental story of a boy & his dog. Need I say more?


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