Tugboat Annie, 1930, starred Marie Dressler
, a veteran silent film actress as Annie, owner of the Narcissus, a run-down steam powered tugboat, with Terry, her alcoholic husband played by Wallace Beery. Their son Alec, played by a very young Robert Young, got a job as captain of a ship, and basically turned up his nose at them because his drunk father embarrassed him in front of his fiance, the daughter of the shipping firm's owner. Annie got hired to tow garbage scows (probably out to State Island). One very stormy night, Alec's ship ran into trouble when it sheared a propeller shaft. He put out an S.O.S. Annie and Terry were in the middle of a job, heard the S.O.S., cut the garbage scow loose and with Terry piloting the Narcissus, saved Alec's ship, his life and his job. In the end, the shipping firm restored the old tub and hired Terry as captain. The end. Annie's decrepit old tugboat looked much like The Abram Hewitt.