Give Me a Sailor (1938)

80 mins | Romantic comedy | 19 August 1938

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Producer:

Jeff Lazarus

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to information in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, Frederick Jackson worked on a separate screenplay. It is not known if any of his material was included in the final film. Actor J. C. Nugent was director Elliott Nugent's ... More Less

According to information in the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, Frederick Jackson worked on a separate screenplay. It is not known if any of his material was included in the final film. Actor J. C. Nugent was director Elliott Nugent's father. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Jul 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Jul 38
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 38
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 38
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Jul 38
p. 13.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Jun 38
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Jul 38
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
30-Jul-38
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New York Times
11 Aug 38
p. 31.
Variety
27 Jul 38
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus advisor
DANCE
Dances
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Linger Longer Letty by Anne Nichols (New York, 20 Nov 1919).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"The U.S.A. and You," "What Goes On Here in My Heart?" "A Little Kiss at Twilight" and "It Don't Make Sense," music and lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1938
Production Date:
mid April--early June 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 August 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8242
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
6,962
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4431
SYNOPSIS

Since boyhood, Naval Lt. Walter Brewster and his brother, Ensign Jim Brewster, have vied for the love of Nancy Larkin, a flirtatious beauty, but an incompetent homemaker. Nancy's less attractive sister Letty is an outstanding cook and is in love with Walter. She and Jim use a secret code and various plots to disrupt Walter and Nancy's courtship. Letty makes a special cake for Walter's shore leave and plans on entering a photograph of the cake in a contest, but her cousin Meryl accidentally takes a picture of her legs instead and sends that photo to a different contest. Jim is determined to prevent Nancy from accepting Walter's marriage proposal. Because Nancy has already made another date to a town picnic, she advises Walter to invite Letty, and they agree to ditch their dates. Letty finds out that Walter plans to ditch her and refuses to attend the picnic. To console her, Jim steals from the picknickers all the picnic food she prepared and stays with her. When she overhears Walter's plans to take his captain fishing at Paradise Lake, Letty packs pots and pans and hides in the trunk of his car. Unknown to Letty, Walter sends Jim in his place to check out the cabin. On arrival, Jim checks out the rotting cabin while Letty cooks flapjacks over a campfire, hoping to win Walter's heart through his stomach. Jim and Letty are shocked to see one another, and their spirits further dampen when Letty accidentally parks the car over the fire and it explodes, forcing them to walk in a drenching storm to find an inn. When Letty's ... +


Since boyhood, Naval Lt. Walter Brewster and his brother, Ensign Jim Brewster, have vied for the love of Nancy Larkin, a flirtatious beauty, but an incompetent homemaker. Nancy's less attractive sister Letty is an outstanding cook and is in love with Walter. She and Jim use a secret code and various plots to disrupt Walter and Nancy's courtship. Letty makes a special cake for Walter's shore leave and plans on entering a photograph of the cake in a contest, but her cousin Meryl accidentally takes a picture of her legs instead and sends that photo to a different contest. Jim is determined to prevent Nancy from accepting Walter's marriage proposal. Because Nancy has already made another date to a town picnic, she advises Walter to invite Letty, and they agree to ditch their dates. Letty finds out that Walter plans to ditch her and refuses to attend the picnic. To console her, Jim steals from the picknickers all the picnic food she prepared and stays with her. When she overhears Walter's plans to take his captain fishing at Paradise Lake, Letty packs pots and pans and hides in the trunk of his car. Unknown to Letty, Walter sends Jim in his place to check out the cabin. On arrival, Jim checks out the rotting cabin while Letty cooks flapjacks over a campfire, hoping to win Walter's heart through his stomach. Jim and Letty are shocked to see one another, and their spirits further dampen when Letty accidentally parks the car over the fire and it explodes, forcing them to walk in a drenching storm to find an inn. When Letty's aunt Minnie, Walter and Nancy find Letty and Jim in a hotel room together, they assume the worst and arrange a marriage. Letty wins a contest for her great legs through the photo Meryl sent in and instantly becomes wealthy. At home, Nancy displays her ineptitude in the kitchen and ruins the captain's dinner, embarrassing Walter. Letty arrives wearing furs and jewels, and whips up a fabulous meal for the captain, who is completely charmed by her. Disappointed in Nancy, Walter proposes to Letty, who has suddenly blossomed and acquired national fame. Jim and Nancy plan to elope on the wedding day, which also happens to be Navy Day. Before the wedding, Walter kisses Letty for the first time, and to her astonishment, she feels nothing special. She rushes to find Jim and insists he kiss her, and they discover that they are in love. +

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