Sailor Beware (1951)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Military Comedy, Odd Couple Film, Romantic Adventure, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Feb 8, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Using elements of two earlier films, The Fleet's In and Lady Be Careful, Paramount came up with the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis vehicle Sailor Beware. As usual, Jerry Lewis is the helpless goof and Dean Martin the suave ladies' man; this time Lewis is a navy recruit while Martin is his submarine-officer buddy. The film skips from one comic setpiece to another (the best is a parody of radio audience participation shows) until it reaches the slapstick climax: A boxing match pitting Lewis against the navy champion. After a few very funny moments in which Lewis pretends to be a punch drunk pug, the match commences, much to the dismay of Lewis and the delight of his fervent fan following. Martin makes good use of his screen time by romancing an "ice princess" movie star (Corinne Calvert), who of course melts once Dino turns on the charm. Betty Hutton, star of Sailor Beware's precursor The Fleet's In, pops up at the beginning and end of the Martin/Lewis epic as "Hetty Button." And watch for an unbilled James Dean as one of the team's shipmates.




sailor, Navy, officer, recruit [soldier], boxing, submarine, stars [celebrities]