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Shipmates (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 April 1931 (USA)
The handsome young seaman John Paul Jones falls in love with Kit Corbin. Kit is the daughter of admiral Ben Corbin. But John is unable to act upon his love because of social class ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry A. Pollard (uncredited)

Writers:

Ernest Paynter (based on the story: "Maskee" by), Louis F. Edelman (adaptation) (as Lou Edelman) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Jonesey
Ernest Torrence ... Scotty
Dorothy Jordan ... Kit
Hobart Bosworth ... Admiral Corbin
Cliff Edwards ... Bilge
Gavin Gordon ... Mike
Joan Marsh ... Mary Lou
Edward J. Nugent ... What-Ho (as Edward Nugent)
E. Alyn Warren ... Wong
George Irving ... Captain Beatty
Hedda Hopper ... Auntie
William Worthington ... Admiral Schuyler
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Storyline

The handsome young seaman John Paul Jones falls in love with Kit Corbin. Kit is the daughter of admiral Ben Corbin. But John is unable to act upon his love because of social class differences. Meanwhile a perpetually angry Capt. Henry Beatty constantly abuses him while he struggles to get into the Naval Academy. Written by Robert

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colegas de Bordo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of about two dozen feature films directed by Harry A. Pollard, which the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, in all 3 of their volumes, 1911-1920, 1921-1930 and 1931-1940, chooses to erroneously credit to comedian Harry (Snub) Pollard, who is, of course, a different person entirely. See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Decent....
10 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed that another reviewer gave this one a 10. I don't get that at all, but it is a decent and enjoyable film.

This film looks like a B-movie in most ways. Although it's from MGM and has a lot of polish, the film features mostly second-tier actors--though you do see a young Robert Montgomery in the lead. He's a sailor on leave when he happens upon a rich guy in a car wreck. He helps the guy and the guy takes him to his own house for a party. The place is full of society folks and naval officers--and they assume Montgomery is just one of them. There he meets a pretty young lady and they become infatuated with each other. HOWEVER, there is a catch--she's the Admiral's daughter. When the Admiral later learns that he's just another sailor and let everyone assume he was more, he's angry and asks his daughter stop seeing him. Will the two manage to STILL fall in love? And what of Montgomery and his naval career? He seems like a bit of a screw-up--can he rise to the occasion? Overall, this seems like a decent but run of the mill military film. It's enjoyable and Montgomery is his usual likable character. The only problem is that the film seems to have a few clichés and the ending, though exciting, makes little sense. Still...you could do a lot worse.

By the way, Montgomery's shipmate 'Bilge' is Cliff Edwards--the same guy who provided the original voice for Jiminy Cricket.


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