Shore Leave

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Shore Leave ★★★ 1925

Dressmaker Mackaill isn't getting any younger. Toughguy sailor Bilge Smith (Barthelmess, in top form) meets her on shore leave; little does he realize her plans for him! She owns a drydocked ship, you see, and it (and she) will be ready for him when he comes ashore next. Lovely, fun (if rather plodding) romantic comedy. Later made into musicals twice, as “Hit the Deck” and “Follow the Fleet.” 74m/B VHS . Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Mackaill; D: John S. Robertson.