Donovan's Reef

Synopsis: 'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.
Director(s): John Ford
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min



- Where is he?

- Gone fishing.

- Hey, you got a new mirror!

- I figured it up once.

Counting all the broken mirrors, you

and Donovan got 63 years of bad luck.

Hey, that's mine.

It's busted.

That's still busted.

Come on.

- Where's Donovan keep his clothes?

- Same place.

Why not? The lug owes me one.

It's my birthday.

Pick out a nice black one.

One you could be buried in.


Fleur! Oh, baby!

Gangway, gangway. Come on.

Yeah, I know, Gilhooley.


you've come back to marry me.

You're the love of my life,

the only dame that meant anything

to me, but I already said...

...I got a wife in Hoboken.

And San Pedro and San Diego

and Norfolk, Virginia.

- You want me on a bigamy charge?

- Pardon me, Fleur.

Gilhooley, no trouble.

Happy birthday.

Happy birthday. My suit!

You want me to look like a bum?

I'm your guest.

22 years, huh, Boats? Great.

Pals, huh?

No fights.

Now, Guns, no fights?

22 years. Tradition. Legion.

- Legend.

- And the crowd?

Hey, Monk... Why don't you throw

that guy in the brig, in the hoosegow?

- I'm off duty.

- You're always off duty!

- Not the brandy, you dope!

- Sorry.

Watch his left, Tiger, watch his left!

Oh, no!

- Tommy!

- Oh, shut up!

They went that way.


Come on, knock it off, you two.

As you were.

You're worse than a couple of kids. As

you were. You're at attention, Gilhooley.

Now, what started this?

Being born on the same day?

Permission to speak.

What started it was

he pushed a hootchy-kootchy dancer

off on me in Panama.


Well, what's wrong with that?

Nothing, except a marriage licence

and a wedding ring went with it.

- Maybelle.

- What?

Pearl Harbor, sir. Dame named

Maybelle. M-A-Y-B-E-L-L-E.

- I never knew any Maybelle.

- Right, her name wasn't Maybelle.

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