Way for a Sailor (1930) - Uneven romantic comedy from MGM and director Sam Wood. Jack (John Gilbert), Ginger (Jim Tully) and Tripod (Wallace Beery) are sailors in the merchant marine who love life on the sea, but love spending their pay on cheap women and booze even more. Jack meets beautiful but chaste clerk Joan (Leila Hyams), and will go to any lengths to try and bed her. But will his attempts lead to fleeting success or genuine affection? Also featuring Polly Moran, Doris Lloyd, Toshia Mori, and Ray Milland.
This is the first John Gilbert talkie that I've seen, and I didn't think he was bad at all. I also liked Leila Hyams, and thought she was exceptionally pretty here. Beery is his usual boorish self, and your tolerance for his scenery chewing will determine your enjoyment of this. The tone of the film is all over the place, from the eye-opening raunchiness of the opening segments as the sailors go from brothel to bar and back again, to a sincere romance, to slapstick comedy, and even high-stakes adventure in the last quarter. Some of the special effects during those last scenes are really awful, with terrible miniatures and poor double exposure work, but in the end I enjoyed this knockabout feature. 7/10