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A Girl in Every Port (1952)

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The unique comic talents of Groucho Marx, William Bendix and Marie Wilson are hardly exploited to their fullest in RKO's A Girl in Every Port. Groucho and Bendix play Benny Linn and Tim Dunnevan, respectively, a couple of scheming sailors who embark upon one get-rich-quick scheme after another. This time around, our heroes use a small inheritance to purchase two horses, one for racing purposes and one to be sold at a tidy profit. After a series of bizarre complications, both horses are pitted against each other in a crucial race which could spell either triumph or ruin for the two goofy gobs. Wilson co-stars as a birdbrained carhop who owns one of the horses coveted by Linn and Dunnevan. No stone is left unturned so far as wheezy comedy routines are concerned: writer-director Chester Erskine even manages to revive the old chestnut wherein the sailors sneak both horses on board their ship. The likeable supporting cast includes Don DeFore as a disgruntled stable owner, Dee Hartford (who later became Groucho Marx's sister-in-law) as DeFore's financially savvy fiancee, Gene Lockhart as a seedy horse dealer, Hanley Stafford ("Daddy" on radio's Baby Snooks) as the two protagonists' flustered commanding officer, and Teddy Hart as a Runyonesque gangster. A box-office disappointment, A Girl in Every Port ended Groucho Marx's efforts to become a solo screen star; fortunately, he still had TV's You Bet Your Life to fall back on.

Cast

Groucho Marx
as Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Linn
William Bendix
as Timothy Aloysius 'Tim'
Marie Wilson
as Jane Sweet
Don DeFore
as Bert Sedgwick
Dee Hartford
as Millicent
Hanley Stafford
as Navy Lieutenant
Teddy Hart
as `High Life'
Percy Helton
as Drive-In Manager
Rodney Wooten
as The Pearl
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An involved mélange of obvious antics and gags, only one or two of which are likely to generate chuckles.

October 31, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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