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Sailor Beware (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 9 February 1952 (USA)
2:21 | Trailer
Although allergic to kissing girls, Seaman Melvin Jones, through a fluke TV appearance, gets the undeserved reputation of a great kisser dubbed "Mr. Temptation" and is pursued by amorous young females.


Hal Walker


James B. Allardice (screenplay) (as James Allardice), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 4 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Al Crowthers
Jerry Lewis ... Melvin Jones
Corinne Calvet ... Corinne Calvet
Marion Marshall ... Hilda Jones
Robert Strauss ... CPO Lardoski
Leif Erickson ... Cmdr. Lane
Don Wilson ... Mr. Chubby
Vince Edwards ... Blayden (as Vincent Edwards)
Skip Homeier ... Mac
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... 'Bama
Mike Mahoney Mike Mahoney ... Tiger
Mary Treen ... Ginger


Because of a misunderstanding Melvin Jones is inducted into the Navy despite his numerous allergies. When appearing on a TV show sponsored by a lipstick manufacturer, fluke circumstances cause him to be perceived as an irresistibly great kisser by viewers, and he is undeservedly hyped in the media as "Mr. Temptation." His shipmates bet their pay that he can get Corinne Calvet, a sexy French chanteuse, to kiss him. Despite his allergy toward kissing girls, he tries not to let them down even though it threatens his relationship with girlfriend Hilda. Written by duke1029

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Man the laugh-preservers ... lower the roar-boats ! Everybody's going overboard ... for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. See more »


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Did You Know?


The boxing scene was "written" by Jerry Lewis, who demanded an extra $50,000 for it, which he then donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, the recruiting officer gets squirted and the stain jumps around 3 or 4 times. See more »


Naval Doctor: [Unable to find a heartbeat] Be a good boy now and tell the doctor where your heart is.
Melvin Jones: You'll find out. I'm no stool pigeon.
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Remake of The Fleet's In (1942) See more »


Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
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Amazing and curious
14 September 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

When I see these old Martin and Lewis films again, I'm always amazed and curious. Curious as to why I found them so funny when I saw them at the time of their release and amazed that I enjoyed them so much. Martin was always the essence of Mr. Cool. Good looks, smooth with the chicks and that soft Italian voice. Lewis was always a loose cannon, with his goofy slapstick and sentimental shifts. This film is typical with an implausible story and lots of crazy situations but memorable mostly for (later-to-be) screen legend, James Dean's first film lines, "That man's a professional!"

You can't judge these films on the same level as today's comedy. Martin had a style of his own and showed he could act in later films. Lewis just kept being Lewis, which if you enjoyed him, you caught his later films (I'd outgrown him by then and thought Geisha boy was one of the silliest films I've ever seen). He could never do a prat-fall like Peter Sellers nor be as genuinely goofy as Robin Williams, but he could tickle your funny bone at times.

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Release Date:

9 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

At Sea with the Navy See more »

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Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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