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Tiger Shark (1932)

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Mike is a great tuna fisherman though he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now Mike is happily married to Quita and doesn't notice that Pipes and Quita are falling ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mike Mascarenhas
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Pipes Boley
Zita Johann ...
Quita Silva
Leila Bennett ...
Muggsey
J. Carrol Naish ...
Tony (as J. Carroll Naish)
Vince Barnett ...
Fishbone
William Ricciardi ...
Manuel Silva
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Mike is a great tuna fisherman though he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now Mike is happily married to Quita and doesn't notice that Pipes and Quita are falling for each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Jungle holds no terrors for these bloodthirsty white-belled cannibals!

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated
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24 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Abdulla Bulbul Amir
(1877) (uncredited)
Written by William Percy French
Sung by Richard Arlen and members of the crew
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Very dated and very predictable
10 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is essentially the same movie that was remade MANY times in the 1930s and 40s. While the setting has changed, the essential plot elements were used again and again in such films as MANPOWER (1941) and DANGER LIGHTS (1930). For a really good discussion of this, try reading the review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre (Borroloola@earthlink.net). While he says that TIGER SHARK was the first of these types of films and I think it the earlier film DANGER LIGHTS (and perhaps some even earlier ones), his analysis of the genre is very insightful and so I don't want to just rehash what he wrote.

The movie seems in the 21st century to be a very predictable relic and nothing more. While it is mildly entertaining, the plot itself just seems silly and over-the-top in many ways--especially in how it portrays tiger sharks as the impossible to stop killing machines! As far as the acting goes, it's a one man show--with Edward G. Robinson dominating all the scenes as a Portuguese-born fisherman. At times this portrayal is pretty good but at other times the character just seemed histrionic and overplayed. Robinson fans certainly won't remember this as one of his better films.

My advice is if you are a huge fan of Warner Brothers or Edward G. Robinson films, certainly you should watch this movie. Otherwise, it's very skip-able and one that might provide a few unintended laughs.


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