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Out of Singapore (1932)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 September 1932 (USA)
While a ship's captain is being slowly poisoned, a gang of thugs try to take over the ship.



(screenplay) (as John Francis Nattleford), (story) (as Frederic Chapin)

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Cast overview:
Concha Renaldo
Mary Carroll Murray
2nd Mate Steve Trent
Capt. Scar Murray
Bloater, Drunken Sailor
Capt. Smith
Seaman Bill
Leon Wong ...
Boss Wong
Capt. Carroll (as Frank Crane)
William F. Moran ...


Captain Carroll needs to hire, the the worst way, a first-mate for his three-masted cargo ship, the "Marigold," sailing to Manila and Singapore, and does so by hiring Woolf Barstow, whose track record includes the loss of three ships. Barstow brings along his equally-unsavory confederate, "Scar" Murray, as the boatswain. Bartsow intends to take over the ship, and also has his lustful eye on the captain's daughter, Mary. He poisons the captain, drowns the second-mate, Miller, and has a fake cargo arranged by Wong, a Chinese merchant who operates a waterfront dive where Barstow's true-blue sweetheart, Concha Renaldo, dances. As a replacement for the 2nd-mate, he hires a derelict who is handy with his fists, Steve Trent, and Trent brings along his drunken-sot friend, Bloater, as the ship's cook. Concha, spurned by Barstow, is a stowaway on the ship. The pot is boiling. Anchor's aweigh. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance






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24 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Gangsters of the Sea  »

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1.37 : 1
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 erroneously reverses roles played by Dorothy Burgess and Miriam Seegar. Burgess plays Concha and Seegar plays Mary Carroll; AFI also erroneously credits Montagu Love with the role of Capt. Carroll; Frank Hall Crane plays Captain Carroll; Love plays Scar Murray. See more »

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Sort of like a live action Popeye cartoon mixed with some Pre-Code sensibilities.
9 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with a ship's captain agreeing to take on Woolf Barstow as his first mate. This is unusual because Barstow has a horrible reputation as ship after ship on which he served sank! However, the captain seems to think that perhaps it's all just due to bad luck. However, through the course of the film you see that Barstow is indeed an evil man--a guy who isn't above murdering his crew in order to commit insurance fraud! Nice guy, huh? However, his lady friend (Dorothy Burgess) is intent on stopping him one way or another--and WOW does she pick an unusual way to do this!!

In many ways, watching Noah Beery (brother of Wallace Beery, by the way) is a lot like watching a live action version of Bluto from the Popeye cartoons. His voice is nearly the same and he behaves much like Bluto would--with the over-active libido, streak of violence and the like! Because of this, it's really hard to take the film very seriously. The same could also be said for the ending--though it's very, very exciting to watch. Additionally, viewers might be surprised and enjoy watching the Pre-Code aspects of the film--such as the very seductive dancing of Burgess (such dancing would have probably not been allowed post-1934 when the new Production Code was enacted).

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