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The Sin Ship (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 18 April 1931 (USA)
A lecherous ship captain becomes spiritually changed by a female passenger, not realizing she and her "minister" husband are really bank robbers.

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A minister and his wife miss their steamer, so they manage to gain passage on the gruff, middle-aged Captain Sam McVey's ship. But McVey isn't willing to let them ride entirely for free and attempts to force himself on the minister's beautiful wife when he gets her alone in his cabin "for tea." The wife rebuffs his advances and her strong words cause a change to come over him, a desire to be decent. Little does McVey know that the seemingly decent couple are not who they seem. They're Smiley Marsden and Frisco Kitty, bank robbers on the run. But Frisco Kitty finds herself being changed by the captain as well, and becomes ashamed of her ways. What will happen when the truth comes out? Written by cupcakes

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When Frisco Kitty Mary Astor returns from a rough encounter with Captain Sam McVey Louis Wolheim, she tells her cohort Smiley Marsden Ian Keith that "McVey, our noble captain, just pulled a hairy ape gag on me," a reference to the brutish title character in the Eugene O'Neill play filmed as The Hairy Ape (1944).)

In O'Neill's original 1922 Broadway production, Wolheim became famous as the title character, a coaler on an ocean liner. See more »

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Smiley Marsden: [to Frisco Kitty after hitting her] Now get this through your dumb nut - ya came here with me and your gonna stick with me, understand? I'm not gonna let any half-baked captain of a canoe take anything away from me. Whether I want it or not. And don't forget it.
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Nice pre-code movie
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE SIN SHIP starring Mary Astor, is a quirky pre-code, early talkie star vehicle. Its great moment occurs within the first few minutes, when the jaded sea captain puts the move on his innocent passenger (Astor). After that, it's a mixed bag: technologically dated, blessed with a better-than-competent acting job by Astor, and doubly blessed with some tremendous over-acting by the other main characters. The film is still evocative after 70+ years but suffers from a sloppy ending, obviously tacked on to provide the desired emotional tone. If you want good plotting, this isn't your movie, but if you want an introduction to Mary Astor during her early talkie years this odd film is very suitable.


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