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Barnacle Bill (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 7 April 1941 (USA)
A grumpy old fisherman tries to avoid marriage, contend with a daughter he never knew he had and scuttle the attempts of landlubbers who want to rob him of his seagiong livelihood, while the locals try to reform him.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Jack Jevne (story), Jack Jevne | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Bill Johansen
Marjorie Main ... Marge Cavendish
Leo Carrillo ... Pico Rodriguez
Virginia Weidler ... Virginia Johansen
Donald Meek ... 'Pop' Cavendish
Barton MacLane ... John Kelly
Connie Gilchrist ... Mamie
Sara Haden ... Aunt Letty
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Joe Petillo
Don Terry ... Dixon
Alec Craig ... MacDonald
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A grumpy old fisherman tries to avoid marriage, contend with a daughter he never knew he had and scuttle the attempts of landlubbers who want to rob him of his seagiong livelihood, while the locals try to reform him.

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WALLY AND MARGIE ARE A RIOT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamnens äventyrare See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Schooner "We're Here" was previously in the 1937 film Captains Courageous. See more »

Quotes

Virginia Johansen: Did you like it, pa?
[Referring to Church]
Bill Johansen: Oh, sure. I think they ought to do more singing though and less talking. Say, what do they do with all that there money that they collect, huh?
Marge Cavendish: To help the poor and ignorant. Like you!
Bill Johansen: Well, I guess I've been neglected.
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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

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Marge and Bill
30 November 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A fondness for blondes and alcohol soaks money out of salty old San Pedro fisherman Wallace Beery (as Bill Johansen). Stocky dockside shopkeeper Marjorie Main (as Marge Cavendish) is sweet on Mr. Beery, but is put off by his irresponsible lifestyle. The arrival of Beery's long-lost teenage daughter Virginia Weidler (as Virginia Johansen) could put Berry in a family mood, but local crooks and his wayward nature threaten to sink Berry's ship...

MGM teamed Wallace Berry and Marie Dressler very successfully, with "Min and Bill" being their most representative hit. Here, they are obviously going for the same formula, with Ms. Main replacing Ms. Dressler. Berry was happiest on the docks, and most lovable with an appealing child; double check. This probably should have been titled "Marge and Bill", but you couldn't fault the studio for knowing who was reeling in the box office cash.

****** Barnacle Bill (4/7/41) Richard Thorpe ~ Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main, Virginia Weidler, Leo Carrillo


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