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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.



(screenplay), (play) (as Walter Hackett)


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


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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1.37 : 1
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The play opened in New york on 30 December 1921. See more »


In the scene where Poppy and Anna meet, just before they leave the room, a fly is seen crawling on the left cheek and ear of Kay Strozzi. Scene is cut to Mary Brian and then back to Kay again, where the fly once again lands on her, this time on the right cheek. See more »


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


Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Music by R. Melish (1780)
Lyrics (poem to Celia) by Ben Jonson
Played on a bass violin by John Halliday
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The Old Dark Pirate Ship
27 April 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There was in the 1920s on stage and the 1930s in the movies a genre of 'Old Dark House' shows, so-called for the J.B. Priestley novel of the same name. Priestley's novel was eventually made into a wonderful movie by James Whale with some great stars playing people with ordinary problems who are forced to take shelter from the storm in an ancient house inhabited by lunatics.

But what, this movie asks, do you do if you live in an ancient house, you are bored out of your mind and a horde of lunatics descends on you during a storm? Well, you have this movie, which is quite all right, although not a patch on Whale's movie, being hampered a bit by competent but not great actors, stagy direction and a plot which distracts you from the potentially interesting performances. Definitely worth a look, but you won't be coming back for a second show.

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