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Outward Bound (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 November 1930 (USA)
Later remade as "Between Two Worlds."

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Henry and Ann are a young loving couple who have made a secret pact which they plan on executing at midnight. It involves stowing away on a passenger ship and leaving behind their beloved dog Laddy, a move they consider bittersweet. They seem somewhat apprehensive concerning their pact. Aboard the ship, a young man named Tom Prior, who seems to like his booze a little too much, has a feeling that something about the sailing is rather queer as everyone to who he speaks seems not to remember with who they are meeting or where they are going. The only exception is elderly socialite Mrs. Cliveden-Banks, who is off to meet her husband, Bunny. The only other passengers aboard are Catholic priest Reverend William Duke, wealthy business owner Mr. Lingley for who Tom used to work, and an uneducated working class elderly woman named Mrs. Midget. The only crew member is Scrubby, the steward. Tom eventually deciphers the nature of their trip, quicker than most that have taken it before have done.... Written by Huggo

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Beryl Mercer, Dudley Digges, and Lyonel Watts all repeat their roles from the stage version. See more »

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Another film from the '30s that was later turned into a much finer remake...
27 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

OUTWARD BOUND suffers from stage-itis (if there IS such a word), and from early sound techniques which permitted no background music except for the opening and closing titles. Furthermore, all of the actors have been directed in what can only be called melodramatic stage technique, so that every line uttered sounds like a stage line.

Even the great LESLIE HOWARD is given to overacting of the worst kind. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., too, has obviously been directed to play his role in earnest but over-the-top silent screen technique as the young man who dearly loves his mate and wants desperately to have her come back to him when he's given the chance to return to life. HELEN CHANDLER is sincere and just as earnest, but she too is unable to overcome the trite lines that have her repeating her husband's name so frequently for the final scenes that it becomes a distracting bore.

Missing, of course, is the polished script and the brilliant music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold that made the 1944 version (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS) so dramatically effective. Sorely missed is Sydney Greenstreet as The Examiner and John Garfield, Paul Henried and Eleanor Parker doing fine work in unusual roles.

Summing up: For a more intelligent and moving version, you can't afford to miss BETWEEN TWO WORLDS.


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