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Girl of the Port (1930)

A showgirl marooned in Fiji helps a shell-shocked veteran face his fears

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Josie
Reginald Sharland ...
Jim
Mitchell Lewis ...
McEwen
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Kalita
Donald MacKenzie ...
MacDougal
Renée Macready ...
Enid
Arthur Clayton ...
Burke
Gerald Barry ...
Cruce
Barrie O'Daniels ...
Blair
John Webb Dillon ...
Cole
William P. Burt ...
Toady (as William Burt)
Hugh Crumplin ...
Wade
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A showgirl marooned in Fiji helps a shell-shocked veteran face his fears

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2 February 1930 (USA)  »

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The Fire Walker  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Jim: It isn't done amongst gentlemen, is it? Not when ladies are present.
McEwen: So, you set yourself up to be a gentleman, do you? And by lady, I suppose you mean that little Tabby over there?
Jim: Pardon me, I hope I misunderstood the words you used in regards to that girl?
McEwen: No, you didn't, Johnny. T-A-B-B-Y, Tabby! The girl that's trying to make you!
Jim: Of course you don't know a white lady when you see one, do you? That's the disadvantage of being - a half-caste!
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A little simplistic but still worth seeing
16 June 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins during WWI. A group of British soldiers are fighting and are then attacked by German soldiers with flame throwers. It's all very horrific and only one of the Brits survives, though he's injured.

The story then picks up a short time after the war. The injured soldier, Jim, is a hopeless drunk and living in Fiji of all places. There, a local jerk-face, McEwen, spends his time bullying everyone- -especially Jim. He likes keeping Jim drunk and pathetic. But when Josie inexplicably arrives, she takes pity on Jim and helps him regain his manhood and get off the bottle.

This is an unusual film because at that time, few pictures talked about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder--a term coined many years after the film. Is it a great film? No. It has plenty of problems, such as some of the acting as well as the film's unintentionally racist bent (such as calling folks 'half-caste' and in one scene Jim is angry and calls a local 'a black ape'). PC, it is NOT...but the film is a product of its times...and still offers some unusual and interesting story elements.


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