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Captain Tugboat Annie (1945)



Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Darwell ... Tugboat Annie
Edgar Kennedy ... Captain Bullwinkle
Charles Gordon Charles Gordon ... Terry Jordan
Mantan Moreland ... Pinto
Pamela Blake ... Marion Graves
Hardie Albright ... Johnny Webb
H.B. Warner ... Judge Abbott
Jack Norton ... Shiftless
Barton Yarborough ... Missouri Jones
Fritz Feld ... Al Pucci aka Alfred Puccini
Sam Flint ... Fire Chief
Anthony Warde ... Jake
Joseph Crehan ... Alec Severn (as Joe Crehan)
Pierre Watkin ... Dr. Turner
Saundra Berkova ... Susan Henley


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Jane Darwell was the third of four actresses to star as Tugboat Annie. The others were Marie Dressler, Marjorie Rambeau, and Minerva Urecal. See more »


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Jane Darwell Sets Sail
1 October 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Ultra-low-budget film is the third to feature the Tugboat Annie character, here competing with rival Captain Bullwinkle (Edgar Kennedy) for a juicy contract. Seems like Annie's been in dry dock as the government had taken over all the tugboats for the war effort, but she's back is town and hiring a new crew. She hires only war veterans, but gets a sullen parolee foisted on her by a judge (H.B. Warner). The new guy got bilked by a business partner and returned from the war to find his fortune gone.

Aside from battling Bullwinkle, Annie finds time to get a kid (Saundra Berkova) a gig at the local symphony and the judge's secretary (Pamela Blake) interested in her new crew member, the parolee (Charles Gordon).

Things come to a head when Annie and crew brave a ship afire and loaded with chemicals that's about to blow up and take the harbor with it.

Despite a decent cast, the storyline is pretty weak and the production values just plain terrible. After both Marie Dressler and Marjorie Rambeau had cracks at Annie, Darwell does a good job playing the tough old bird, and Republic Studio likely had ideas of a franchise, but it never happened. Others in the cast include Jack Norton, Mantan Moreland, Hardie Albright, Fritz Feld, Barton Yarborough, Cyril Delevanti, and Joseph Crehan.

Tugboat Annie would return as a short-lived TV series in the 1950s starring Minerva Urecal. She hasn't been seen since.

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17 November 1945 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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