Review: ‘A Girl in Every Port’

The plot deals with a Damon and Pythias friendship between two rough and tumble seamen. A Girl in Every Port is packed with sex, but has not romance; it has a dozen ingenues and no heroine. Of all the beautiful bimboes encountered by the sailors in their world travels not one is on the up-and-up, and the one (Louise Brooks) who inspires Victor McLaglen to day dream over settling down in a cottage for two is the biggest golddigger of all.

The plot deals with a Damon and Pythias friendship between two rough and tumble seamen. A Girl in Every Port is packed with sex, but has not romance; it has a dozen ingenues and no heroine. Of all the beautiful bimboes encountered by the sailors in their world travels not one is on the up-and-up, and the one (Louise Brooks) who inspires Victor McLaglen to day dream over settling down in a cottage for two is the biggest golddigger of all.

The picture is a series of hoke adventures with dames and gendarmes. It holds a lot of laughs and still maintains a human note on the comrade angle. McLaglen is great as the heavy-hitting bozo. His buddy is played by Robert Armstrong, legit actor, newly recruited to the screen.

Malcolm Stuart Boylan’s titles seem involved and obscure on several occasions. Howard Hawks makes a good job of directing with the exception of an overdone bit of melodramatic acting by McLaglen upon the discovery of what he supposes to be the perfidy of his buddy.

A Girl in Every Port

Production

Fox. Director Howard Hawks; Producer William Fox; Screenplay Seton I. Miller, Reginald Morris, James K. McGuinness, Howard Hawks, Malcolm Stuart Boylan; Camera William O'Connell, R.J. Berquist; Editor Ralph Dixon; Art Director William S. Darling

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 64 MIN.

With

Victor McLaglen Robert Armstrong Louise Brooks Maria Casajuana Sally Rand Francis MacDonald
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