Murder in the Fleet

Murder In the Fleet is a 1935 American murder mystery/comedy-drama film set aboard USS Carolina. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film was directed by Edward Sedgwick and stars Robert Taylor and Jean Parker.

Murder In the Fleet
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byEdward Sedgwick
Produced byLucien Hubbard
Written byJames Gleason (uncredited)
Screenplay byFrank Wead
Joe Sherman
Story byEdward Sedgwick
StarringRobert Taylor
Jean Parker
Ted Healy
Music byPaul Marquardt (uncredited)
CinematographyMilton Krasner
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 27, 1935 (1935-05-27)
Running time
69 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$630,000[1]


Captain John Winslow (Arthur Byron) is notified by the Secretary of the Navy that his cruiser will be receiving a new firing control gear manufactured by World Electric company, which is supposed to revolutionize naval warfare. The gear vanishes and is quickly located by intelligence officers where it is being transported across the Mexican border.

When the gear is returned to the ship the secrecy surrounding the events catches the notice of reporter Walter Drake (J. Anthony Hughes). Lieutenant Tom Randolph (Robert Taylor) and Captain Winslow welcome visitors Al Duval (Raymond Hatton), who works for World Electric Company, and Victor Hanson (Jean Hersholt) from the Navy Department, aboard while the gear is installed. Meanwhile, Sailor Spud Burke (Nat Pendleton) gets caught between his sweetheart Toots Timmons (Una Merkel) and an old flame Betty Lansing (Jean Parker).

When the new gear is being lifted into place a cable breaks and it is dropped, later this is found to be an act of sabotage. To add to the confusion, Al Duval is murdered during a gun salute. The investigation begins and suspicions are running high when a second murder takes place, this time it is the chief electrician.

The Captain devises a plot to trap the murderer and the trail soon leads to the powder magazine, where Victor Hanson threatens to blow up the ship. Hanson claims that World Electric Company had stolen the idea and he wants revenge. Ultimately Hanson is captured and the gear is installed.


  • Robert Taylor as Lt. Tom 'Tommy' Randolph
  • Jean Parker as Betty Lansing
  • Ted Healy as Gabby' Mac ONeill
  • Una Merkel as 'Toots' Timmons
  • Nat Pendleton as 'Spud' Burke
  • Jean Hersholt as Victor Hanson
  • Arthur Byron as Capt. John Winslow
  • Frank Shields as Lt. Arnold
  • Donald Cook as Lt. Cmdr. David Tucker
  • Mischa Auer as Kamchukan consul (uncredited)
  • Julie Bescos as Crewman (uncredited)
  • Ward Bond as 'Heavy' Johnson (uncredited)
  • James P. Burtis as Winch Control Operator (uncredited)
  • Phyllis Crane as (uncredited)
  • Mary Doran as Jenny Lane (uncredited)
  • Tom Dugan as 'Greasy' (uncredited)
  • Charles Dunbar as Crewman (uncredited)
  • Fred Graham as Crewman (uncredited)
  • Roger Gray as Yard Master (uncredited)
  • Raymond Hatton as Mr. Al Duval (uncredited)
  • J. Anthony Hughes as Walter Drake - Reporter (uncredited)
  • John Hyams as Ambrose Justin (uncredited)
  • Robert Livingston as Spencer - Ship's Doctor (uncredited)
  • Keye Luke as Consul's Secretary (uncredited)
  • George Magrill as Sailor on Watch (uncredited)
  • Wally Maher as Bill Williams - Sailor (uncredited)
  • J.P. McGowan as Chief of Police (uncredited)
  • Leila McIntyre as Mrs. Justin (uncredited)
  • Carlyle Moore Jr. as Orderly Bringing Jenny (uncredited)
  • Edward Norris as Sleepy - Sailor (uncredited)
  • Pinky Parker as Shore Patrol Officer (uncredited)
  • Lee Phelps as Officer Berating Guard (uncredited)
  • Syd Saylor as Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
  • Charles Sherlock as Sailor Taking Messages from Civilians (uncredited)
  • Charles Sullivan as Sailor Reporting 'No Fingerprints Found' (uncredited)
  • William Tannen as Pee Wee Adams - Sailor (uncredited)
  • Richard Tucker as Harry Jeffries (uncredited)
  • Al Williams as Crewman (uncredited)
  • Charles C. Wilson as Cmdr. Brown (uncredited)


Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $345,000 in the US and Canada and $285,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $216,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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