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Captain Applejack (1931)

Approved | | Crime, Comedy, Drama | 31 January 1931 (USA)
An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.

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(screenplay & dialogue), (play) (as Walter Hackett)
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Cast

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Poppy Faire
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Ambrose Applejohn
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Madame Anna Valeska, aka Gladys
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Lush, the Butler
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Aunt Agatha
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John Jason (as Claude Allister)
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Mrs. Kate Pengard
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Ivan Borolsky, aka Jim (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
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Horace Pengard
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Bill Dennett (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.

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Crime | Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New york on 30 December 1921. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene where Ambrose Applejohn is climbing the wall with the help of a vine, it is clear by the action of the vine that it is controlled from above. See more »

Connections

Version of Strangers of the Night (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780)
Lyrics (poem to Celia) by Ben Jonson
Played on a bass violin by John Halliday
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Inspiration for Hergé's "Treasure of Rackham the Red"
27 April 2009 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm watching this antique Old Dark House mystery on TCM right now and it quickly became evident to me that the film, its first silent incarnation ("Strangers In The Night") or the play it was adapted from were the first kernel of inspiration for Belgian comic book artist Hergé (Georges Rémi)'s "Secret of the Unicorn" and its sequel "The Treasure of Rackham the Red" (1943-1944). More proof that a large part of the inspiration for Hergé's melodramatic adventures were from sometimes second-rate Hollywood movies and plots that were very creaky to begin with. What he did with them of course was sheer genius and entirely original. But the basic idea was this: An ordinary man discovers that he is the descendant and inheritor of a famous pirate's treasure hidden somewhere in an old house. In the process, he has flashbacks of being the pirate himself, which is just what happens to Captain Haddock in those comic books.

Of course, not all of Hergé's inspirations were "second-rate". One might also reflect on the similarity of the ending of Sacha Guitry's "Les Perles de la Couronne" (The Pearls of the Crown, 1936, finally available on DVD in the US) and the ending of Hergé's "L'Oreille cassée" (The Broken Ear, published as a serial starting in 1935 and ending in 1937).


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