Shipmates Film Details
Overview: The handsome young seaman John Paul Jones falls in love with Kit Corbin. Kit is the daughter of admiral Ben Corbin. But John is unable to act upon his love because of social class differences. Meanwhile a perpetually angry Capt. Henr
Review: “Shipmates” is one of many light comedy and drama romances that MGM made during the early years of the Great Depression. Robert Montgomery was one of the studio’s new leading men, beginning his screen career in 1929. The debonair actor was a perfect fit for such films, and he made more than 30 of them from 1930-35. This is one of the lighter of the light films. It begins with Montgomery’s character, Jonesey, meeting a wealthy girl and being invited to a big party at her home. He’s just a gob on leave, and at the party he sees all kinds of Navy brass and high society. His girl, Kit, is the daughter of Admiral Corbin. When she later visits her dad aboard his flag ship, she sees Jonesey who is on duty on the shuttle boat in his regular enlisted uniform. Her dad then recognizes him as well. Just when one thinks his fate is doomed, some unforeseen things happen that turn out good for Jonesey. In the end, he applies for and gets accepted to Annapolis. So, this gob who in the beginning griped a lot about the Navy, turns a new leaf and the couple are together with a happy ending. The screenplay for this film seems to have been put together almost haphazardly. The film suffers some from quality, with obvious technical glitches in places. And what stands out overall is the generally low quality in the acting across the board. Some scenes with Kit looking at Jonesey standing on the shuttle boat seem overly long and awkward with no dialog at all. None of the characters give very good performances. This might have been a B film but for the lavish party setting and some very good Navy filming. The plus for this film is the considerable amount of Navy ships filmed in training at sea, at anchor and in port. Former Navy men and other vets are most likely to enjoy this film. It probably won’t appeal to many others.
Country: United States
Duration: 72 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Also known as: Skibskammerater,Shipmates,Compañeros,燃ゆる海原,Så’nt är sjömannens liv,Copains de bord,Colegas de Bordo,Fiamme sul mare