While a ship's captain is being slowly poisoned, a gang of thugs try to take over the ship.



(screenplay) (as John S. Nattleford), (story) (as Fred Chapin)

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Cast overview:
Concha Renaldo
Miriam Seegar ...
Mary Carroll Murray
George Walsh ...
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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Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Decent Little Film Holds The Attention
17 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is short and sweet, and Top stars Noah Beery as a baddie. Dorothy Burgess is fiery and sensuous, and Miriam Seegar fine as the "good" girl. Typical entertaining low-budget programmer probably played small houses or the second half of double bills, but today is an painless way to spend an hour seeing some stars from the early sound era who are all but totally forgotten today. (The poverty row studios seemed to specialize in offering decent parts to players whose luster had dimmed a bit after the initial boom of the first talkies). I find more and more films from poverty row which are entertaining, even some with production values which are pretty good considering their low budgets. That so many have survived at all is amazing since these were made by companies that long ago went out of business and the films were thought to have no value beyond their initial releases. There is a satisfying ending to this film. I won't spoil it for you, but try to see this when you can't decide on anything else to watch. I think you'll like it.

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