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Hell Harbor (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  15 March 1930 (USA)
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Lovely Anita dreams of escaping the monotony of her island home and sailing to bustling Havana. But when her abusive father promises her to the greasy local merchant, Anita does everything in her power to make her dream a reality.



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Complete credited cast:
Anita Morgan
Joseph Horngold
John Holland ...
Bob Wade
Harry Allen ...
Peg Leg
Al St. John ...
Paul E. Burns ...
Blinky (as Paul Burns)
George Bookasta ...
Ulysses Williams ...


Anita Morgan, a descendant of the famous pirate Henry Morgan, is living a carefree and careless life on an island in the Carribean, but had much rather be living the same life In Havava. When she learns that her father, in exchange for money, has promised her hand in marriage to one of his swarthy friends, she is more convinced that Havava is the place to be. When an American comes to the island to buy some pearls, she falls in love with him. and when she discovers he is to be tricked out of his money and killed, she makes plans to save him...and go to Havana with him. Written by Les Adams <>

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15 March 1930 (USA)  »

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| (Turner library print) | (edited) (re-release)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Rondo Hatton's first film. He was working as a reporter in Tampa, Florida, and assigned to report on a film company working in Rocky Point. Director Henry King noticed Hatton's distinctive appearance and persuaded him to appear in the film. King also advised him to quit the newspaper and move to Hollywood, which he did. See more »


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Rondo Hatton's first film!
21 January 2002 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Interesting, rarely seen film that is notable for the re-teaming of Jean Hersholt and Gibson Gowland, who made such memorable enemies in Erich von Stroheim's GREED (1924). For genre fans though it is also memorable as the first screen appearance of Rondo Hatton. Filmed in Florida, Hatton was working as a reporter for the Tampa Herald at the time and was probably spotted there by director Henry King. Though Hatton's glandular condition, acromegaly, was already noticeable we can see it is not nearly as pronounced as it was in his later Universal films. Rondo has the small role of the bartender in a dusty dive in the small coastal village where the action takes place. He may or may not have any lines. In one scene where the lights go out and a murder takes place a voice cries out "He's done for!" and that MIGHT be Rondo's voice but it is hard to tell. Henry King gave Rondo that old line (which was probably a cliche even in 1930) "If you ever come to Hollywood come and see me." Well it took Hatton 7 years to make up his mind but finally he boarded a train for the west coast, leaving behind a wife who thought he was wasting his time. His first film in Hollywood was IN OLD CHICAGO (1937) also directed by Henry King. Rondo is billed 17th in the credits and listed as "bodyguard" though several people in the film call his character "Rondo". It was the start of a short but memorable career, capped by immortality in 3 Universal pictures where he played the spine snapping "Creeper". Nicely done Rondo, you lived the dream.

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