Tugboat Annie (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tugboat Annie (1933)





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Marie Dressler plays the title character, tugboat captain Annie Brennan, in this 1933 Hollywood box office hit. Her husband Terry (Wallace Beery) is a lazy, bragging drunk. Robert Young plays their son Alec, who has big ambitions and winds up as captain of a fancy ocean liner. The ocean liner's owner is Red Severn (Willard Robertson), whose daughter Pat (Maureen O'Sullivan) is the object of Alec's longings. Young tries to get his mother to leave his father and join him on the ocean liner, but she refuses out of love for her husband and her tugboat. Terry crashes the tugboat while drunk one night, and it is sold at an auction, then repaired and converted into a garbage boat. Sequels were made in later years, with Marjorie Rambeau and later Jane Darwell in the title role, and it was made into a TV series in the 1950s.

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Marie Dressler
as Annie Brennan
Wallace Beery
as Terry Brennan
Robert Young
as Alexander 'Alec' Brennan
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Patricia 'Pat' Severn
Tammany Young
as Shif'less
Frankie Darro
as Alec as a Boy
Oscar Apfel
as Reynolds
Robert McWade
as Mayor of Secoma
Robert H. Barrat
as First Mate
Guy Usher
as Auctioneer
Willie Fung
as Chow the Cook
Sam Harris
as Onlooker
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Critic Reviews for Tugboat Annie

All Critics (3)

A formidable performance. The rest is of no interest. [Full review in Spanish]

May 13, 2021 | Full Review…

It is worth staying if only to see Beery's heroic exploit (I am not sure exactly what he does) which is very well staged.

February 3, 2021 | Full Review…

An enjoyable diversion that provides Dressler with ample opportunities to flex her acting chops.

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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