EPFC | October 24th, 2016
Marvelous Movie Mondays!!
guest curator: Salise Hughes
Our theme this month is Seattle Plays Hollywood, where we will look at a collection of clips from five Seattle inspired movies and TV series that impose a little Hollywood glamour and surrealism on my home town.
Tugboat Annie Sails Again was a 1940 sequel to the very popular Tugboat Annie made in 1933 staring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery. The title character of Annie, the salty skipper of the tugboat Narcissus was rumored to be based on Thea Foss, the founder of Tacoma’s Foss Maritime Co., but Norman Reilly Raine the author of the Tugboat Annie series described the character as “a symbol of all the American women who follow the sea. A cantankerous old lovable seahorse who could out cuss, out fight, and out smart any man on the waterfront”. The story was certainly influenced by the Foss Maritime Co, and the story takes place in the fictional town of Secoma, along with footage of Seattle’s Lake Union. Dressler was too ill for the sequel, but this version featured a young Ronald Reagan as Annie’s ward. Reagan used to tell about the world premiere in Tacoma. The audience was very excited about the sequel based on the popularity of the original, but when they saw how bad it was the cast had to run for their lives.