Enjoy unlimited streaming on Prime Video
Thousands of other titles available to watch instantly.
6.0/10
127
4 user 3 critic

Son of a Sailor (1933)

A smooth-talking sailor looking for a quick date meets the granddaughter of an admiral and finds himself in a house full of top Navy officers, along with a couple of spies interested in plans for a new robot-controlled flight system.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Alfred A. Cohn (screen play) (as Al Cohn), Paul Girard Smith (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

To get his girl back, that has fallen for a biker, a worker and one of his friends enter a six day race.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Maxine Doyle, Frank McHugh
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Frank McHugh
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Shipping clerk Joe Holt is mistaken for a swimming champion and expected to compete in a long-distance swim race off Catalina Island.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster
Bright Lights (1935)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Ann Dvorak, Patricia Ellis
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Smugglers are using a device for controlling airplanes in flight, and newspaper reporters from Chicago are vying for the story. Reporter Elmer Lane is out to scoop rival reporter Betty Harrison, and capture her heart in the process.

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Guy Kibbee, Florence Rice
I bastardi (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jason and Adam are brothers who specialize in jewel heists. Jason is betrayed by Adam, who steals his girlfriend, and has him beaten and left for dead. A female doctor nurses him back to health, and he sets about planning his revenge.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Giuliano Gemma, Klaus Kinski
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Alice White, Robert Barrat
Coquette (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... 'Handsome' Callahan
Jean Muir ... Helen Farnsworth
Frank McHugh ... 'Gaga'
Thelma Todd ... The Baroness
Johnny Mack Brown ... 'Duke'
Sheila Terry ... Genevieve
George Blackwood George Blackwood ... Armstrong
Merna Kennedy ... Isabel
Kenneth Thomson ... Williams
Samuel S. Hinds ... Admiral Farnsworth (as Samuel Hinds)
Noel Francis ... Queenie
Arthur Vinton ... Vincent
George Irving ... Rear Admiral Lee
Edit

Storyline

Sailor Handsome from the aircraft carrier Saratoga meets in San Francisco Helen, a relative of his admiral. Invited at his home he meets a friend from his ship who has invented an autopilot for the planes. Two spies are trying to steal the plans, as well as the autopilot that is already installed at a plane. Handsome tries to stop them from doing this... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavando o Dele See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Saratoga CV-3 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward A. Lynch filed a suit in a U.S. Federal Court against Warner Bros/First National Pictures in 1940. Lynch asked for $100,000, claiming that his book, "When Homer Comes Marching Home," was plagiarized by the Warner production, "Son of a Sailor," which starred Joe E. Brown. Trial opened on Thursday, February 15, with Federal Judge Clraence G. Galston presiding. See more »

Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the harmonica
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

At Sea With Joe E. Brown
25 November 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A brash & cocky seaman acts like a true SON OF A SAILOR as he stumbles from one mishap to another.

Comic Joe E. Brown literally dominates this funny little film, and that is not a bad thing. With his huge mouth and amusing body movements, Brown is a very humorous fellow to watch. He is given abundant opportunity here to display his talents. Whether successfully wooing a series of lovely ladies with only a pair of baby shoes as a prop, struggling with a spy in an open cockpit aeroplane, or finding himself stranded on a bombarded battleship, Brown always supplies plenty of laughs.

It's his costars who are given very short shrift. Frank McHugh plays the sailor stooge who idolizes Brown, but he disappears early in the proceedings (but not before a wonderfully uproarious scene in which Brown teaches him how to flirt). The very talented & tragic Thelma Todd plays a mysterious baroness, but outside of a great sequence where she attempts to keep Brown locked in her bedroom, she is shamelessly wasted. Pretty Jean Muir as an admiral's granddaughter and stalwart Johnny Mack Brown as a Navy inventor, are both merely used to move the plot along and their potential romantics is completely ignored.

Way down the cast list is Arthur Vinton, who does score nicely as a suave English butler who must use his considerable muscle to keep Joe from escaping the home of Samuel S. Hinds, who plays Miss Muir's grandfather.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Ward Bond playing a suspicious cabby.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed