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Sailor's Luck

This rollicking Fox comedy (1933) opens with a naval gunboat firing at the camera, which is probably as good an image as any to sum up the cinema of Raoul Walsh (The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra, White Heat). Three sailors (James Dunn, Sammy Cohen, Frank Moran) dock in San Pedro, California, looking for a good time, and their search culminates with a brawl that seems to pull in the whole town. The picture is seldom screened these days, possibly because of its egregious stereotypes, but in at least one respect Walsh sublimely subverts expectations: Moran, a towering gob with a face like a barnacle, amuses himself playing classical piano and reading the American Mercury.

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Director:

  • Raoul Walsh

Cast:

  • James Dunn
  • Sally Eilers
  • Sammy Cohen

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