Give Me a Sailor
Give Me a Sailor -- 1938 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byElliott Nugent
Screenplay byDoris Anderson
Frank Butler
Story byAnne Nichols
Based onLinger Longer Letty
1919 play
by Anne Nichols
Produced byHarold Hurley
Jeff Lazarus
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byWilliam Shea
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 1938 (1938-08-19)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Give Me a Sailor is a 1938 comedy film directed by Elliott Nugent, starring Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable and Jack Whiting.[1] This was Raye and Hope's third film together, the first in which they played the leads.[2]


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Jim and Walter Brewster are brothers and naval officers; both of whom are in love with Nancy Larkin, much to the chagrin of Nancy's sister Letty. Walter has the inside track with Nancy, but Jim & Letty conspire to keep them apart. There are various comic shenanigans and a "Beautiful Legs" contest that Letty enters in error, but wins and becomes an instant celebrity. Fame and fortune are showered upon her and she and Jim realize that they are meant for each other.



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