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A Girl in Every Port (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 November 1952 (Australia)
After two sailors are conned into buying a lame race-horse, they go ashore to sort out the problem, but when they realize that the horse is one of a pair of identical twins, their plan for revenge becomes more complicated.

Director:

Chester Erskine

Writers:

Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story "They Sell Sailors Elephants"), Chester Erskine
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Linn
Marie Wilson ... Jane Sweet
William Bendix ... Timothy Aloysius 'Tim' Dunnovan
Don DeFore ... Bert Sedgwick
Gene Lockhart ... Garvey
Dee Hartford ... Millicent Temple
Hanley Stafford Hanley Stafford ... Fleet Admiral Temple
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... High Life
Percy Helton ... Drive-In Manager
George E. Stone ... Skeezer
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Storyline

After two sailors are conned into buying a lame race-horse, they go ashore to sort out the problem, but when they realize that the horse is one of a pair of identical twins, their plan for revenge becomes more complicated.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Una novia en cada puerto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The hammocks that Groucho and William Bendix are shown lying in are not navy hammocks. Navy hammocks do not have the spreaders seen on the hammocks in this film. Navy hammocks were designed to take up as little space as possible. And without the spreaders the hammocks is safer to use and more comfortable to use. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Aloysius 'Tim' Dunnovan: [offering to help Jane carry a tray of food to a customer] Let me take that. That's awful heavy for anybody as pretty as you.
Jane Sweet, a dumb blonde: Why, it's not heavy. They cook everything very light here.
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Connections

Referenced in The Devil's Rejects (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
(uncredited)
Music by Godfrey Marks
Arranged by Roy Webb
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
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The Greatest Post-Bros. Groucho Film with a Horse In it
3 August 2006 | by IEnjoyMoviesSee all my reviews

"A Girl In Every Port" is the story of two navy buddies who are stuck with a bum horse and try with all of their brilliance to turn a buck in the end.

Although not a great comedy by any means, "A Girl In Every Port" still shines in its own right. We are able, once we acknowledge that this is a vehicle for Groucho, to disregard any technical flaws and view it on its primary aspects: acting and scripting. In terms of acting, this is the intersection of three type-cast performers at the height of their type. Groucho Marx, older than we all remember, had just begun "You Bet Your Life," and was beginning to establish himself as a solo performer. His wise-guy persona, without the foils of his brothers, stands up well on its own. Marie Wilson plays her part as spot on as ever. She is a trite as the "dumb blonde," but she is just so good at it that we can forgive the cliché and embrace the goofiness. Finally, William Bendix plays the dumb but lovable tough that we will always remember him as. Mix up these caricatures with a script full of one-liners in three varieties and we have successful lightness. Bendix and Wilson are able to be dumb together, but, of course, in their own way, and the naïveté of their characters is wonderful against the poison that Groucho Marx brings to the screen. The jokes are wicked, mostly, and the story, although confused, unintelligent, and played out, is decent enough to string along the performances of two great B-listers and one master of comedy.


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