Tugboat Annie (1933)

85 or 87-88 mins | Drama | 4 August 1933

Directors:

Mervyn LeRoy, Sam Wood

Cinematographer:

Gregg Toland

Editor:

Blanche Sewell

Production Designer:

Merrill Pye

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The first "Tugboat Annie" story was published in The Saturday Evening Post in the 11 Jul 1931 issue, and others appeared frequently in that magazine until author Norman Reilly Raine's death in 1971. A book by Raine entitled Tugboat Annie was published in New York in 1934. Portions of the picture were shot on location in and around Seattle, WA. A news item in HR on 24 Jul 1933, noted that director Sam Wood was assigned to reshoot part of this picture in place of Mervyn LeRoy, who was then preparing another picture for Warner Bros. Dressler had previously had co-starred with Wallace Beery in a similar role in Min and Bill , made for M-G-M in 1930 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2. 3632), for which she received an Academy Award. They also appeared in M-G-M's multi-star 1933 film Dinner at Eight (see above) released shortly after this Tugboat Annie . The film was one of the top ten money-makers of 1933. The character "Tugboat Annie" was revived in a 1940 Warner Bros. film directed by Lewis Seiler entitled Tugboat Annie Sails Again (see below), starring Marjorie Rambeau and Alan Hale, and a 1945 Republic Pictures release entitled Captain Tugboat Annie directed by Phil Rosen, starring Jane Darwell and Edgar Kennedy. A series based on the Raine characters appeared on television in 1957 under the title The Adventures of Tugboat Annie , and starred Minerva ... More Less

The first "Tugboat Annie" story was published in The Saturday Evening Post in the 11 Jul 1931 issue, and others appeared frequently in that magazine until author Norman Reilly Raine's death in 1971. A book by Raine entitled Tugboat Annie was published in New York in 1934. Portions of the picture were shot on location in and around Seattle, WA. A news item in HR on 24 Jul 1933, noted that director Sam Wood was assigned to reshoot part of this picture in place of Mervyn LeRoy, who was then preparing another picture for Warner Bros. Dressler had previously had co-starred with Wallace Beery in a similar role in Min and Bill , made for M-G-M in 1930 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2. 3632), for which she received an Academy Award. They also appeared in M-G-M's multi-star 1933 film Dinner at Eight (see above) released shortly after this Tugboat Annie . The film was one of the top ten money-makers of 1933. The character "Tugboat Annie" was revived in a 1940 Warner Bros. film directed by Lewis Seiler entitled Tugboat Annie Sails Again (see below), starring Marjorie Rambeau and Alan Hale, and a 1945 Republic Pictures release entitled Captain Tugboat Annie directed by Phil Rosen, starring Jane Darwell and Edgar Kennedy. A series based on the Raine characters appeared on television in 1957 under the title The Adventures of Tugboat Annie , and starred Minerva Urecal. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Jun 33
p. 5.
Film Daily
7 Jul 33
p. 9.
Film Daily
12 Aug 33
p. 4.
HF
29 Apr 33
p. 8.
HF
6 May 33
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 31
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 33
p. 2.
International Photographer
Jul 33
p. 28.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jul 33
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Aug 33
p. 44.
New York Times
12 Aug 33
p. 14.
Variety
15 Aug 33
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dir of retakes
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Asst cam op
Asst cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
SOUND
Rec dir
Rec eng
Asst rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Chief grip
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the "Tugboat Annie " short stories by Norman Reilly Raine in The Saturday Evening Post
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 August 1933
Production Date:
early May--early July 1933
retakes in late July 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 July 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4068
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 87-88
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Annie Brennan, known in Secoma as one of the best skippers in the Pacific Northwest, finds her boat Narcissus frequently outmaneuvred by rival Red Severn. Her son Alec adores his mother and wants to quit school to take care of her, convinced that his alcoholic father Terry can't. Annie, however, loves Terry, and although they frequently fight, she thinks that when sober he is the finest man in the world. Schooling and hard work later enable Alec to become the youngest ship's master on the Pacific Coast. He works for a company now owned by Severn, and he and Severn's daughter Pat plan to marry. Annie and Terry are delighted, but Terry's happiness over Alec still cannot keep him away from drinking. When Alec helps his father get a job with Severn, Terry loses it when he drunkenly corners Severn in his office. Convinced that Terry will never change, Alec begs his mother to leave her husband and allow him to take care of her, but she refuses. Forcing her to choose between them, Alec leaves when she says that she must stay with Terry. A short time later, Terry's negligence results in an accident that causes them to lose ownership of the Narcissus . They then find themselves sailing her as a garbage scow under someone else's ownership. Several months later, Alec still refuses to see his parents, even though Pat tries to bring them together. When his ship, the Glacier Queen , is endangered by a large storm, Annie and Terry go to its rescue. Although the boilers on the Narcisssus ... +


Annie Brennan, known in Secoma as one of the best skippers in the Pacific Northwest, finds her boat Narcissus frequently outmaneuvred by rival Red Severn. Her son Alec adores his mother and wants to quit school to take care of her, convinced that his alcoholic father Terry can't. Annie, however, loves Terry, and although they frequently fight, she thinks that when sober he is the finest man in the world. Schooling and hard work later enable Alec to become the youngest ship's master on the Pacific Coast. He works for a company now owned by Severn, and he and Severn's daughter Pat plan to marry. Annie and Terry are delighted, but Terry's happiness over Alec still cannot keep him away from drinking. When Alec helps his father get a job with Severn, Terry loses it when he drunkenly corners Severn in his office. Convinced that Terry will never change, Alec begs his mother to leave her husband and allow him to take care of her, but she refuses. Forcing her to choose between them, Alec leaves when she says that she must stay with Terry. A short time later, Terry's negligence results in an accident that causes them to lose ownership of the Narcissus . They then find themselves sailing her as a garbage scow under someone else's ownership. Several months later, Alec still refuses to see his parents, even though Pat tries to bring them together. When his ship, the Glacier Queen , is endangered by a large storm, Annie and Terry go to its rescue. Although the boilers on the Narcisssus are at the breaking point, Terry fixes them in time to save both ships, but, in doing so, is seriously burned. While he is recovering from his burns, Terry promises once again to give up drinking. Although she knows better, Annie is happy to have her family together again and to have the whole world know what a fine man Terry is. +

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