Shipmates o' Mine (1936)

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28 January 2019 | dnhalliday
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| More Drama less Music
This film is billed as a musical but I would describe it as a drama interspersed with snatches of song and a musical finale tacked on at the end. Mike Dooley the Irish crewmember gives us two Irish songs in authentic fashion and there are a couple of nautical songs and a well known comic song sung by one of the farmers. The finale consists of a lady (presumably Polly Ward) singing and dancing with the Sherman Fisher Girls, a reprise of one of the nautical songs by a male chorus and then the highlight of the whole film a rendering of the title song by a splendid bass who even surpasses Peter Dawson's version. This film is reasonably entertaining as long as you do not expect fully realised musical numbers. The screenplay is good and Wallace Lupino has a couple of comic turns. (Although the print has been digitally remastered the sound is crackly in places and you need to listen carefully to catch the dialogue). The opening shots of ships in the First World War seem to be stock footage with shots of the officers on the bridge done in the studio.when the ships collide,however, no expense is incurred as it conveniently happens in fog so we never see either ship and the scenes of abandoning ship are obviously all done in the studio. The cast list includes someone called just "Navarre" but does not specify which character they play. Curiously an actor by the same name played Marlena's showhorse in Water for the Elephants in 2011.

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Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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