Tugboat Princess: Another of the "run-away" productions made by Columbia in Canada in the mid-30's designed to either comply with or to circumvent the British Quota Law of the period, with Walter C. Kelly and Edith Fellows the only American citizens in the credited cast. When her parents are drowned at sea, "Princess" Judy is adopted by a soft-hearted old sea captain, Captain Zack, and brought to live on his tugboat. Hard times come to the Captain because his boat is unable to compete with the faster and more modern tugboats of the Darling Navigation Company owned by Zack's old rival and enemy, Captain Darling. More misery follows when Judy breaks a leg and Zack can't pay her hospital bill. He borrows the needed money from Darling but is forced to agree to give up both his boat and docking space if he can't meet the note. Then welfare workers come along and decide Judy isn't receiving proper treatment or schooling living aboard the tugboat and they haul her off to an orphanage. No eyebrows are raised reference the agency that allowed a 60-year-old geezer to adopt a non-related 13-year-old girl and put her on a boat with three men. The primary difference between this story and "Captain January" is Shirley Temple was many years younger than Edith Fellows, and Guy Kibbee's lighthouse didn't float.
|Ratings:||IMDB: N/A Metascore: N/A RT: N/A|
|Released:||October 15, 1936|
|Actors:||Arthur Kerr Arthur Legge-Willis Clyde Cook Edith Fellows Lester Matthews Reginald Hincks Valerie Hobson|
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