You Said a Mouthful

You Said a Mouthful is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Robert Lord and Bolton Mallory. The film stars Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster, Allen Hoskins, Harry Gribbon, Edwin Maxwell and Sheila Terry.[1][2] The film was released by Warner Bros. on December 8, 1932.

You Said a Mouthful
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Produced byRaymond Griffith
Screenplay byRobert Lord
Bolton Mallory
Story byWilliam B. Dover
StarringJoe E. Brown
Ginger Rogers
Preston Foster
Allen Hoskins
Harry Gribbon
Edwin Maxwell
Sheila Terry
CinematographyRichard Towers
Edited byOwen Marks
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 8, 1932 (1932-12-08)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


Joe Holt works for the Armstrong Rubber Goods company and believes he has invented an "unsinkable" bathing suit. His colleagues mock Joe behind his back and fool him into thinking his boss likes the swimsuit idea.

Joe travels to California to inherit his aunt's fortune, which he intends to use to finance manufacturing of his swimsuit. It turns out his aunt died broke. Joe befriends a servant's son, Sam Wellington, and together take a boat to Santa Catalina Island.

A socialite, Alice Brandon, mistakes Joe for a famous swimmer of the same name. She has just broken up with channel swimmer Ed Dover and wants him to lose an upcoming channel race, so she persuades Joe to enter. Sam needs to teach Joe how to swim. The real Joe Holt ends up in jail, being called an impostor. And in the end, amazingly, sinkable Joe impresses Alice by winning the race.



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