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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

"I had a little bird keep an eye on you, and here I am."

4/10
Author: classicsoncall from Florida, New York
6 December 2011

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As with many early talkies, this one suffers from a stagy look and characters who mouth their lines without emotion as if they were reading their characters from the script. Others on this board have rightly noted that Dorothy Christy, portraying a secondary character, was the most natural of the bunch as a gold-digger intent on 'getting her share' from the film's first murder victim, Tony Blair (Richard Tucker). Adding some comic relief to the proceedings was Harry Myers getting some mileage out of an inebriated passenger routine on the cruise ship Cal York. Actually, he was half funny and half annoying, and at one point it looked like he almost whip-lashed himself.

Well, before it's over, there are two dead bodies, and the man put in charge of the case by the ship's captain is newspaper reporter Bruce Allan (Jameson Thomas). Soon he goes into full stereotypical detective mode questioning passengers and sleuthing around the ship. Yet when all is said and done, the resolution to the mystery is handled in ham handed fashion, and you didn't have to be a genius to figure it out yourself well before the final curtain. I was particularly amused when Allan whirled around with his pistol to implicate Weldon; he almost whip-lashed himself too.

Still, Bruce Allan is no Charlie Chan, and I couldn't help thinking that there would have been a more cerebral investigation of the murder mystery if the Oriental Detective was on board. So if you're interested in seeing how he would have come up with the killer, try the 1940 film "Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise" with Sidney Toler in the lead role. It's got double the murders and a very cool cast that includes Lionel Atwill, Leo G. Carroll and Charles Middleton.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Okay....it's terrible.

2/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
18 December 2010

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An obnoxious guy who everyone hates is murdered. Now, there are a bazillion quests aboard a cruise ship who are suspects in this 1931 whodunnit.

This is a pretty terrible picture. It's obvious that it was made by a third-rate studio, as aside from having no recognizable actors in the film, many of them cannot remember their lines. And, what's worse, these scenes with flubs were not re-shot--an obvious sign of a 'Poverty Row' production. For example, one lady cannot remember the name of the guy who was her boss and who was sexually harassing her through much of the film! Uggh. And, to make matters worse, the film seems to have too many of the bad B-movie clichés to make it worth seeing. My favorite was the guy who knew who the murderer was--so the dummy approaches him and demands money to keep his mouth shut. And, in a typical bad movie pattern, only seconds later is he shot dead. Duh...trying to blackmail a murderer...now THAT'S an intelligently written scene!! As a result of all these factors, the film is a dull mess. Now I like B-movies, but this is one that even fans of Bs would find hard to enjoy!

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