Son of a Sailor (1933)

70 or 73 mins | Comedy | 23 December 1933

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Son of Gobs . MPH notes that the ship U.S. Saratoga was used in the film. HR notes that scenes for this film were shot on location in San Francisco Bay using six United States battleships and approximately 1,000 ... More Less

The film's working title was Son of Gobs . MPH notes that the ship U.S. Saratoga was used in the film. HR notes that scenes for this film were shot on location in San Francisco Bay using six United States battleships and approximately 1,000 sailors. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Dec 33
p. 27.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 33
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Dec 33
pp. 38-39.
New York Times
30 Nov 33
p. 38.
Variety
5 Dec 33
p. 16.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Son of the Gobs
Release Date:
23 December 1933
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 December 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4334
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When his ship's entrant in a boxing match is hurt, braggart sailor Handsome Callahan is tricked into taking his place because he is always boasting about what a good fighter he is. He is going down to defeat when his opponent, hearing a bugle, stands at attention and Handsome's punch knocks him out. Before he goes on leave, a sailor steals a pair of baby shoes from Duke, an officer and a favorite of the men and hides them on Handsome. Handsome tries hard to pick up a variety of women with no success until Helen Farnsworth, the admiral's granddaughter, hits him with her car. The baby shoes fall out of Handsome's pocket and he makes up a story about them for Helen's benefit. Recognizing the shoes as a pair she gave to Duke, her fiancé, she realizes that Handsome is a liar and takes him home with her, planning to have some fun with him when he meets the Navy officers having dinner there that evening. She arranges for him to be guarded by her butler and then asks the officers to treat Handsome as an old friend. Williams, a spy, steals the plans for a robot airplane pilot that Duke invented which automatically returns the plane to its point of origin. Duke discovers the theft and signals to Handsome, who is escaping just at that moment, to follow the culprit. In the air, Handsome knocks out the pilot and parachutes from the plane to an empty ship, the target for bombing practice. The plane returns to its home ship and Williams is captured. Handsome avoids injury ... +


When his ship's entrant in a boxing match is hurt, braggart sailor Handsome Callahan is tricked into taking his place because he is always boasting about what a good fighter he is. He is going down to defeat when his opponent, hearing a bugle, stands at attention and Handsome's punch knocks him out. Before he goes on leave, a sailor steals a pair of baby shoes from Duke, an officer and a favorite of the men and hides them on Handsome. Handsome tries hard to pick up a variety of women with no success until Helen Farnsworth, the admiral's granddaughter, hits him with her car. The baby shoes fall out of Handsome's pocket and he makes up a story about them for Helen's benefit. Recognizing the shoes as a pair she gave to Duke, her fiancé, she realizes that Handsome is a liar and takes him home with her, planning to have some fun with him when he meets the Navy officers having dinner there that evening. She arranges for him to be guarded by her butler and then asks the officers to treat Handsome as an old friend. Williams, a spy, steals the plans for a robot airplane pilot that Duke invented which automatically returns the plane to its point of origin. Duke discovers the theft and signals to Handsome, who is escaping just at that moment, to follow the culprit. In the air, Handsome knocks out the pilot and parachutes from the plane to an empty ship, the target for bombing practice. The plane returns to its home ship and Williams is captured. Handsome avoids injury during the bombing and is promoted for capturing the spy, after which he promises never to lie again--until the next opportunity. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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