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.
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Groucho Marx
as Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Linn
William Bendix
as Timothy Aloysius 'Tim'
Gene Lockhart
as Garvey
Percy Helton
as Drive-In Manager
Hanley Stafford
as Navy Lieutenant
Don DeFore
as Bert Sedgwick
Marie Wilson
as Jane Sweet
Dee Hartford
as Millicent
Teddy Hart
as `High Life'
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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
New York Times
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