Way for a Sailor

Way for a Sailor is a 1930 American Pre-Code film starring John Gilbert.[1][2][3] The supporting cast includes Wallace Beery, Jim Tully, Leila Hyams, and Polly Moran. The film was directed by Sam Wood, who insisted on no screen credit. The film is reputed to be so bad that the studio might have used it to sabotage leading man Gilbert's career in the sound era due to animosity from Louis B. Mayer. MGM produced a Spanish language version of this film, Love in Every Port, starring Jose Crespo and Conchita Montenegro.

Way for a Sailor
Directed bySam Wood
Written byAlbert Richard Wetjen (book)
Laurence Stallings
W.L. River
Charles MacArthur
StarringJohn Gilbert
Wallace Beery
Leila Hyams
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (*French)
Edited byFrank Sullivan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 1, 1930 (1930-11-01)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States




  1. IMDB entry
  2. Variety film review; December 17, 1930, page 13.
  3. Harrison's Reports film review; November 15, 1930, page 182.

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