Sea Racketeers (August 20, 1937)
Released on August 20, 1937: Two sailors chase two girls and accidentally capture fur smugglers aboard a gambling ship.
Produced by Armand Schaefer
Directed by Hamilton MacFadden
Written by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart E. McGowan
The Actors: Weldon Heyburn (Chief Bos'n Mate Jim Wilson), Jeanne Madden (Patricia Collins), Warren Hymer (Spud Jones), Penny Singleton (Florence 'Toots' Riley), J. Carrol Naish (Harry Durant), Charles Trowbridge (Maxwell Gordon), Joyce Compton (Blondie), Benny Burt (henchman Maxie), Syd Saylor (henchman Weasel), Ralph Sanford (henchman Turk), Don Rowan (henchman Lew), Lane Chandler (Police Inspector L. McGrath, and the radio voice of Lieutenant Hays), Bryant Washburn (Wilbur Crane), Christine McIntyre (Helen Crane), Dorothy Appleby (dancer), Sam Ash (reporter), Robert Brister (Commander Dixon), Lester Dorr (Coast Guardsman), Sam Flint (Sam Collins), Bobbie Hale (Barnacle), Lew Harvey (henchman Pete), Anthony Pawley (Windy), Paul Renay (headwaiter), Dewey Robinson (henchman), Henry Roquemore (tired nightclub patron)
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Two Sailors Chasing Two Girls . . . And a Gangster
From the title of the movie you might think that this is a rousing gangster flick, and there are smugglers using and offshore gambling ship with scenes of Coast Guardsmen firing machine guns at smugglers in speed boats, but the comedy overpowers all of the machine gun bullets. Two Coast Guardsmen chase two dancing and singing dames for the entire movie, and accidentally capture the gangsters just before they capture the hearts of their dames.
The two guys are Weldon Heyburn and Warren Hymer. Weldon Heyburn is the square-jawed leading man type and Warren Hymer is the good-natured but a bit naïve side-kick. Neither actor became really big stars, and Warren Hymer managed to end his career by urinating on the paper-filled desk of Columbia Pictures head man Harry Cohn after an argument. . . . . And yes, alcohol was involved. It is said that nearly every actor who knew about the incident had wanted to do the same or worse to the often mean-spirited man, but no one had the nerve to kill their career . . . And it did kill the career of Warren Hymer.
The blonde girl they chase is Penny Singleton, before she was Mrs. Dagwood Bumstead in the comedy movie series. She is Toots Riley, a happy dancer with a face that no one remembers and legs that no one forgets.
The brunette singer is Jeanne Madden, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. As a youngster she was trained to sing by the prima donna of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. Her family had a boarding house and I can’t find out, but I’m guessing that the Opera star, Queena Maria, may have vacationed in the cool hills of Pennsylvania at her family boarding house to get out of the New York City summer heat.
Jeanne Madden was in three movies in 1936 and 1937, and this was her final movie. After this movie she left Hollywood for Scranton and managed the family boarding house that everyone knew as the ‘Holland Hotel.’
There is one more star in this romantic romp, and if you think you recognize him, you are correct. The little pooch Skipper acted in most of his movies with the stage name of Asta, the dog who stole scenes in this movie as well as the Thin Man detective series. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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