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Murder on the Waterfront (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 18 September 1943 (USA)
Joey Davis has just been married to Gloria, but before they can have their wedding night, he's called into service in the Navy. He smuggles his new bride into the camp. The camp is under ... See full summary »


B. Reeves Eason


Ralph Spencer Zink (play) (as Ralph Spenser Zink), Robert E. Kent (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Warren Douglas ... Joey Davis
Joan Winfield ... Gloria Davis
John Loder ... Lt. Cmdr. Holbrook
Ruth Ford ... Lana Shane
Bill Crago Bill Crago ... Lt. Dawson
Bill Kennedy ... First Officer Barnes
William B. Davidson ... Capt. David Towne
Don Costello ... Gordon Shane - 'The Great Rajah'
James Flavin ... Cmdr. George Kalin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Clemente Steve Clemente ... 'The Great Rajah' throwing knives


Joey Davis has just been married to Gloria, but before they can have their wedding night, he's called into service in the Navy. He smuggles his new bride into the camp. The camp is under heavy security because the Navy has obtained a new top secret kind of thermostat (and the formula necessary to make it work), which will keep weaponry dry. There is a murder--someone is trying to steal the device, and the newlyweds become involved in the investigation. The major suspect is Gordon Shane with whom the lead investigator has had dealings in the past. The killer has left an essential clue with Gloria, but she doesn't realize it yet. Is Shane the culprit; and if not, can the mystery be solved before the real killer murders Gloria? Written by James Knoppow

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PACKED WITH THRILLS! LOADED WITH ACTION! (original print ad - all caps)


Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

18 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Navy Gets Rough See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Working title: "The Navy Gets Rough." See more »


Version of The Invisible Menace (1938) See more »


I'd Love to Take Orders from You
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Eleanor Counts in the show, amid dancing chorus girls
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Good "C" picture from the Golden Age
26 June 2003 | by NativeTexanSee all my reviews

Fans of the old "B" "C" and even "D" movies (yes, they made them back then) will enjoy this movie. It was like the television of its day: under an hour and a learning experience for cast and crew. It's fun to see people who later became very well known in early screen roles. This is important history, and of a type that will never be seen again.

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