A Girl in Every Port (1952 film)


A Girl in Every Port
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChester Erskine
Written byFrederick Hazlitt Brennan (story)
Chester Erskine
Produced byIrwin Allen
Irving Cummings Jr.
StarringGroucho Marx
Marie Wilson
William Bendix
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byRalph Dawson
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 8, 1952 (1952-01-08) (US)[1]
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

A Girl in Every Port is a 1952 comedy film directed by Chester Erskine. The film stars Groucho Marx, Marie Wilson, and William Bendix.[2] It was based on the short story They Sell Sailors Elephants by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan.[3]


Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Linn and Timothy Aloysius 'Tim' Dunnovan are two sailors assigned to the same ship. Tim spends some inheritance money he received to purchase a race horse named Little Aaron. Tim’s division officer considers that an ill-advised action and orders Ben to go help Tim get his money back. Ben and Tim go ashore to seek a return of Tim's money, but it's not a simple matter, as Tim had already hired a team to train Little Aaron. They also discover that Little Aaron has a history of weak ankles and can't run very well. However, they also learn that Little Aaron has an identical twin, Little Shamrock, who has good ankles and can run fast. Ben and Tim decide they might be able to work things out, so that they can switch the horses and make a lot of money in a horse race. They find themselves trying to juggle the expectations of their division officer, the former owner of Little Aaron, a car hop named Miss Jane, some local mobsters, and their fellow sailors, who all want in on the action. There’s lots of confusion leading up to the horse race, risks to the participants depending on the outcome, and some unexpected results that follow.


This was Dee Hartford's film debut. It was through her that Groucho Marx met and later married her sister Eden Hartford.[3]


A.W. of The New York Times wrote in his review: "The parlay of Groucho Marx, Marie Wilson, William Bendix, to say nothing of a horse-racing mix-up, the United States Navy and sabotage should have paid off in plenty of laughs. But 'A Girl in Every Port,' which breezed into the Paramount yesterday, brimming with these ingredients, is merely an involved mélange of obvious antics and gags, only one or two of which are likely to generate chuckles."[4]


  1. ^ "A Girl in Every Port: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "A Girl in Every Port". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Coniam, Matthew (4 August 2016). That's Me, Groucho! The Solo Career of Groucho Marx. New York City: McFarland & Company. p. 63. ISBN 978-1476663739.
  4. ^ A.W. (February 14, 1952). "A Girl in Every Port". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved September 13, 2016.

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