Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes. He hides out at a health farm for invalid children and begins to lose his cynicism under the influence of the ... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
Fred, an Englishmen, (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) , wanted for murder, winds up on a fishing boat in The South Seas, run by Nichols. ( Arther Nohl). Also present is the ships' doctor (Sidney Toler) who is there to treat Nichols for a stomach disorder. One day, after swimming nude offshore;, Fred encounters Louise (Patricia Ellis), on an exotic Island, She is a little more attired, than the slightly embarrassed Fred and encourages friendly conversation. . Fred subsequently meets. Louise's fiancee Eric (Ralph Bellamy). who runs a government plantation on the Island. Louise resides there with her father and grandfather, who own the plantation. Trouble soon arrives as a romance between Fred and Louse develops. There is of course conflict between Fred and Eric. Fugitive Fred has to keep on the move as his murder charge stems from a similar circumstance Written by
Both after the opening and before the ending credits, the following quotation of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus - (121-180), Meditations. iii. 10 - is depicted on-screen: "Short, therefore, is man's life; and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells." See more »
The Narrow Corner has the advantage of having Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as the star and a great supporting cast, including Patricia Ellis, who never looked prettier in any of her other Warner Bros. movies. The movie also has ace director Alfred Green, who shows his stuff near the start of the movie, using rear projections to show a boat going through a storm with really high waves. This is a 1933 movie, and even coming close to showing a boat weathering high waves in a storm showed real technical skill (a skill not matched by the production crew in a later scene when Fairbanks' character navigates a boat through a narrow island reef during another storm). But then Warner Bros. kept a tight rein on budgets, so even with quick edits, Green had problems making some of the later seagoing scenes look passably authentic. Some of the later shots using boat models were just bad. But those first scenes of the boat weathering a storm were done very well for 1933. As to the story about a young man changing as he goes on a forced voyage, the story gave Warner Bros. a chance to use it its repertory company of actors in a South Seas setting. In about 70 minutes, the Depression-era movie audiences then had a chance to see characters with real problems in a distant setting. Darryl Zanuck's quitting as head of production at Warner Bros. in 1933, and the coming of the strict Production Code in 1934, ended any chance that would be more movies like The Narrow Corner. Soon, there would be mostly whitebread, asexual movies coming from Warner Bros., minus the cynicism, single entendres and negative overtones that the Code censored out of Hollywood movies.
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