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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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A Nau do Pecado  »

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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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Too Good To Be Bad
3 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I often wonder why a film that could have been very good turned out to be b-a-a-a-d. Is it the acting, directing or script? With this film, my premise is the direction....and, that holds for many films. The actors in 'Sin Ship' were adequate, especially Astor. When the captain lays a 'weak' punch on his first mate and later, a crew member, it is not poor special effects....it lies with the direction. The script is fine for an early 'talkie.' Could it be that directors had difficulty transitioning from silents to talkies? I don't see why. They were professionals, weren't they?

The TCM film was interesting for a dull, dreary early May day. It was not all that long a film so I had the opportunity to wash my Cadillac and garage it before the rains came and then prepare dinner while watching bits of other Astor films. Was Mary really that sensual, or is it sexual?


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pretty good early talkie for M. Astor. ksf-2
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