Sailor Beware (1952 film)
|Directed by||Hal Walker|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Written by||James Allardice
Kenyon Nicholson (orig. play)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures
British Lion Films (UK)
|February 9, 1952|
|Box office||$4.3 million (US)
854,588 admissions (France)
Sailor Beware is a 1952 comedy film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and is an adaption of a 1933 Kenyon Nicholson play of the same name. It was released on February 9, 1952 by Paramount Pictures. The working title was At Sea with the Navy.
After meeting in the Navy recruiting line, Al Crowthers (Dean Martin) and Melvin Jones (Jerry Lewis) become friends. Al has tried to enlist before, 11 times, but was always rejected because of a bad knee. However, he keeps trying so that he can impress women, including Betty Hutton in a cameo role as 'Hetty Button'. Melvin, meanwhile, is allergic to women's cosmetics and his doctor prescribed ocean travel, so he decided to join the Navy as this was the only way he could afford to follow doctor's orders.
Unbeknown to Al, the naval requirements have been lowered and this time he has been accepted, as has Melvin. They are assigned to Lardoski (Robert Strauss), a bully they met in line and referred to as 'fathead'.
While in San Diego, Melvin falls in love with a woman Hilda Jones (Marion Marshall), who does not wear makeup. However, Melvin seems to attract women to him, and Lardoski wagers with Al that Melvin has to kiss any girl he names. Al agrees and Lardoski picks Corinne Calvet, who is playing at a nightclub in Honolulu. The crew then get sent out on the next submarine to Hawaii, in which Melvin is caught on deck when the ship is submerging. Upon his rescue he is tied to a torpedo for the rest of the voyage to avoid any more incidents.
Once in Hawaii, Al romances Corinne while Melvin also vies for her affection in order to gain a kiss to win the bet which his shipmates have informed him about, and is unsuccessful in comforting Hilda who becomes jealous. Lardoski tries to prevent the kiss by getting the shore patrol to arrest Melvin, but he disguises himself as a hula dancer and gains the kiss. Al wins the bet (and Corinne), and Melvin works things out with Hilda.
Sailor Beware was filmed from September 5, 1951 through October 12 1951.
- Dean Martin ... Al Crowthers
- Jerry Lewis ... Melvin Jones
- Corinne Calvet ... Corinne Calvet, herself
- Marion Marshall ... Hilda Jones
- Robert Strauss ... CPO Lardoski
- Leif Erickson ... Cmdr. Lane
- Don Wilson ... Mr. Chubby
- Vince Edwards ... Blayden (billed as Vincent Edwards)
- Skip Homeier ... Mac
- Dan Barton ... 'Bama
- Mike Mahoney ... Tiger
- Mary Treen ... Ginger
Betty Hutton has an unbilled cameo as Dean's girlfriend, who is curiously named Hetty Button.
James Dean appears briefly in one of the scenes in the locker room, and even has a line of dialogue: "That guy's a professional!"
Duke Mitchell appears briefly as the cornerman in the boxing scene. He would later team with Sammy Petrillo and star in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, in which they play Martin and Lewis-like characters.
It was released in the United Kingdom under the title Panic in the Parlour by British Lion Films.
The film was included on an eight-film DVD set, the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume One, released on October 31, 2006.
- 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
- Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story