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Tugboat Annie

1933 1h 27m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Annie Brennan (Marie Dressler) is one of the Pacific Northwest's best skippers, though her drunk husband, Terry (Wallace Beery), is no help. Annie's son, Alec (Robert Young), an industrious student, becomes the youngest ship's master on the Pacific Coast and gets engaged to his boss' daughter. Terry continues to drink heavily, causing an accident in his stupor that makes Alice lose her boat. Angry with his father, Alec refuses to talk to his parents until, in trouble at sea, he needs their help. Read More Read Less

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Don Q. Cine-Mundial A formidable performance. The rest is of no interest. [Full review in Spanish] May 14, 2021 Full Review Paul Rotha Cinema Quarterly It is worth staying if only to see Beery's heroic exploit (I am not sure exactly what he does) which is very well staged. Feb 4, 2021 Full Review Michael W. Phillips, Jr. Goatdog's Movies An enjoyable diversion that provides Dressler with ample opportunities to flex her acting chops. Rated: 3/5 Aug 19, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D It has not aged well. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is awfully campy and is a pretty insignificant film. However, this isn't really that bad a thing, as the acting and writing make this movie so much fun. I loved Marie Dressler's wonderful performance in the title role--it was funny and incredibly entertaining. And, combining her with Wallace Beery was a brilliant idea--they worked well together. The only odd thing about this movie was casting Robert Young as their grown son. I can't imagine WHAT a child of this ugly union would look like, but I would imagine it would look more like Mike Mizurki or Victor McLaglen! A great example of wonderful old-fashioned fun from MGM. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable , the Two of them at they're prime. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member gr8 chemistry between dressler & beery Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An impossible to resist charming light comedy about seasoned couple who run a tugboat & their son who eventually becomes the youngest ship captain in history. The film lays solely on the performance of Tugboat Annie herself & her sozzled husband played by Wallace Berry. It's such a simple film but made so much enjoyable by the little things...it also has a lot of heart especially the tug crash & cheque scene. It's a must see film!!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review ashley h Tugboat Annie is a decent film. It is about a waterfront couple who raise their son to be a sea captain. Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Mervyn LeRoy did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Annie Brennan (Marie Dressler) is one of the Pacific Northwest's best skippers, though her drunk husband, Terry (Wallace Beery), is no help. Annie's son, Alec (Robert Young), an industrious student, becomes the youngest ship's master on the Pacific Coast and gets engaged to his boss' daughter. Terry continues to drink heavily, causing an accident in his stupor that makes Alice lose her boat. Angry with his father, Alec refuses to talk to his parents until, in trouble at sea, he needs their help.
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Harry Rapf, Irving Thalberg
Screenwriter
Norman Reilly Raine
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 23, 2017
Runtime
1h 27m
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