A Girl in Every Port (1928)

64 mins | Comedy | 22 February 1928

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HISTORY

The 18 Oct 1927 FD announced A Girl in Every Port as the latest production to star Victor McLaglen. The 31 Oct 1927 FD reported that Howard Hawks would direct the picture for Fox Film Corp.
       According to the 13 Nov 1927 FD, Fox brought Spanish actress Marie Casajuana to Hollywood, CA, specifically to co-star with McLaglen. The 25 Nov 1927 FD stated that ten actresses would be featured as the love interests in ports around the world for McLaglen’s sailor character. Included were Gertrude Short, with additional cast members listed as William Demarest [Man in Bombay], Gladys Brockwell [Madame Flore], and Dick Folkens.
       On 30 Dec 1927, Motion Picture News reported that production was “out to sea,” where the crew was awaiting a storm to shoot scenes in inclement weather. A film unit was set up on Zane Grey’s yacht, The Fisherman. Each day the exposed film was transported by speedboat to shore, rushed to Fox’s Culver City, CA, studios for development, and projected for executives, according to the 31 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News.
       The 28 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World indicated that a screening was held that week at the Carlton Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, where the picture was met with “gales of laughter.” Praise was given to the “excellent direction” and the performances of Victor McLaglen and Robert Armstrong.
       Although the 23 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News announced an anticipated 29 Jan 1928 release, A Girl in Every Port was opened on 22 Feb 1928 at the Roxy Theatre ... More Less

The 18 Oct 1927 FD announced A Girl in Every Port as the latest production to star Victor McLaglen. The 31 Oct 1927 FD reported that Howard Hawks would direct the picture for Fox Film Corp.
       According to the 13 Nov 1927 FD, Fox brought Spanish actress Marie Casajuana to Hollywood, CA, specifically to co-star with McLaglen. The 25 Nov 1927 FD stated that ten actresses would be featured as the love interests in ports around the world for McLaglen’s sailor character. Included were Gertrude Short, with additional cast members listed as William Demarest [Man in Bombay], Gladys Brockwell [Madame Flore], and Dick Folkens.
       On 30 Dec 1927, Motion Picture News reported that production was “out to sea,” where the crew was awaiting a storm to shoot scenes in inclement weather. A film unit was set up on Zane Grey’s yacht, The Fisherman. Each day the exposed film was transported by speedboat to shore, rushed to Fox’s Culver City, CA, studios for development, and projected for executives, according to the 31 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News.
       The 28 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World indicated that a screening was held that week at the Carlton Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, where the picture was met with “gales of laughter.” Praise was given to the “excellent direction” and the performances of Victor McLaglen and Robert Armstrong.
       Although the 23 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News announced an anticipated 29 Jan 1928 release, A Girl in Every Port was opened on 22 Feb 1928 at the Roxy Theatre in New York City, as indicated in the 20 Feb 1928 FD and the 29 Feb 1928 Var. The opening grossed $29,463 in receipts, breaking a world record for the biggest single day of box-office sales.
       The 22 Feb 1928 Var review stated that A Girl in Every Port “holds a lot of laughs and still maintains a human note,” but warned of a possible “unfavorable feminine reaction because of the cynical attitude towards sex matters.” The 26 Feb 1928 FD declared the picture “sure-fire entertainment…that Fox can be proud of.”
       In 1931, Fox remade A Girl in Every Port as a sound film entitled Goldie. That film was directed by Benjamin Stoloff and starred Spencer Tracy, Warren Hymer, and Jean Harlow (see entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
28 Jan 1928
p. 37.
Film Daily
18 Oct 1927
p. 11.
Film Daily
31 Oct 1927
p. 4.
Film Daily
13 Nov 1927
p. 14.
Film Daily
25 Nov 1927
p. 6.
Film Daily
20 Feb 1928
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Feb 1928
p. 6.
Motion Picture News
30 Dec 1927
p. 2032.
Motion Picture News
31 Dec 1927
p. 2093.
New York Times
20 Feb 1928
p. 14.
Photoplay
Mar 1928
p. 55.
Variety
22 Feb 1928
p. 20.
Variety
29 Feb 1928
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 February 1928
Premiere Information:
New York City opening at the Roxy Theatre: 22 February 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 February 1928
Copyright Number:
LP24994
Physical Properties:
Silent
Silent
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,500
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sailor Spike Madden, a happy-go-lucky Lothario, finds that another sailor is a rival for his girl friends in various ports of call. He finally overtakes Salami, the other sailor, and they become fast friends. Spike believes he has fallen in love with Marie, an especially attractive gold digger in France, but Salami, who knows Marie from years before, warns Spike of her intentions, and the friends continue on their merry ... +


Sailor Spike Madden, a happy-go-lucky Lothario, finds that another sailor is a rival for his girl friends in various ports of call. He finally overtakes Salami, the other sailor, and they become fast friends. Spike believes he has fallen in love with Marie, an especially attractive gold digger in France, but Salami, who knows Marie from years before, warns Spike of her intentions, and the friends continue on their merry way. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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