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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).)

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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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Astor keeps Sin Ship from sinking.
5 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trying to stay one step ahead of the law Smiley Marsden and Frisco Kitty pose as missionaries and catch a ride on a tramp steamer to get off the mainland. The surly and brutish captain attempts to put the moves on Kitty who rebuffs and humiliates him with convincing piety. The captain attempts to reform because of it but goes into rage when he finds out the pious pair are a couple of crooks.

Sin Ship has an interesting if somewhat sloppy look in that much of it is filmed in the outdoors and on real decks, something rare for early sound. Actor/director Louis Wolheim as the captain and Ian Keith as Smiley are erratic in some but effective in other scenes while Hugh Herbert provides some comedy relief but it is Mary Astor who shoulders most of the film with a multi dimensional performance that digs deeper emotionaly than the rest of the cast .

Sin Ship is rudderless most of the time but it does offer some unexpected surprises that keeps it from going under completely.


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