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Bobo is a free-spirited wanderer who docks in a Pacific seaside town with his buddy Tiny, a sponge who wants to leave. After a night of drunken debauchery, Bobo awakens on a strange barge wearing the cap of a dead man. Afraid he has committed the crime, Bobo prepares to skip town with Tiny but is delayed when he meets Anna, who he rescues from drowning herself in the surf. They fall in love and open a business together selling bait. Jealous and desperate to leave, Tiny attempts to ruin the relationship, and when Anna learns that Tiny has been keeping a dark secret, it's clear only one of them will survive.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition: Full frame.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 06, 2013

Nutsy had it right: Tiny, the pilot fish, suckled on the teat of Bobo, the shark, once too often. (...Do sharks *have* teats?) And the moral of the story is that big fish devour irritating little fish. A cozy, atmospheric romantic noir about two misfits finding each other, and a third wheel trying to screw it up. A terrific drunken/dream sequence by Salvador Dali, too.

May 01, 2013

Ida Lupino and Jean Gabin fall for one another. Surprisingly, for this pair, nothing comes off. They had to deal with the censors, though, so one should not be too critical. This film has other surprises: the best performance is given by Thomas Mitchell, traditional good guy, as a sexually variable seaman; Claude Rains left his previous studio to do his part, which is apparently to stand around doing virtually nothing.


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Nov 06, 2013

Nutsy (avoiding the subject of Bobo's wedding; to another patron at the bar): "Uh, did you ever hear of a 'pilot fish'?" Tiny (interjecting): "Yeah, I heard of a pilot fish. Why?" Nutsy: "You know, a pilot fish is a little fish that attaches itself to a shark. The shark does the work! The pilot fish just hangs on; and enjoys a nice living hanging on. See what I mean?" Bartender: "What is it?!? A guy's gonna get married! Tells everyone he meets! What's the secret about it? What's it got to do with 'pilot fish'..." Tiny: "Oh... Married?!? Him and that "hash-hustler"? Nutsy: "Yes. And the best of luck to both of them!" Tiny: "Oh, sure, sure..." Nutsy: "And if I might make a suggestion, why don't you start looking 'round for another shark."


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