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The Narrow Corner (1933)

TV-PG | | Drama | 8 July 1933 (USA)
An Englishman sought for murder escapes to South Seas island.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Robert Presnell)
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Complete credited cast:
Eric Whittenson
Doctor Saunders
Arthur Hohl ...
Captain Nichols
Mr. Frith
Mr. Blake, Fred's Father
Jack Swan (as Wm. V. Mong)
Ah Kay, Saunder's Servant
Ryan, the Go-Between


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 efffee@aol.com

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Release Date:

8 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perdidos no Paraíso  »

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$240,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Fred Blake: Oh, st-stay where you are.
Louise Frith: Why?
Fred Blake: Well, I, I, I, I don't have have any clothes on.
Louise Frith: What of it?
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Version of Isle of Fury (1936) See more »


Written by Felix McGlennon
Sung by the patrons in the tavern
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Fairbanks Jr. always effective in dramas.
29 April 2000 | by (Newbury Park,CA,United States) – See all my reviews

In his efforts to find interesting roles to play during his contract days at Warner Brothers Pictures Douglas Fairbanks Jr. chose the part of Fred Blake, the troubled repentant hero of W.Somerset Maugham's novel 'The Narrow Corner'. As adapted by Robert Presnell and directed by Alfred E.Green, the story has young Doug,a former playboy pressured by his wealthy father to escape a manslaughter charge in Australia until the heat is off.The young man is spirited away aboard a disreputable schooner captained by an even less reputable skipper who has been paid to keep him distant from the law and further involvement with troublesome females.But,as fate would have it,after surviving a typhoon,the little ship puts in for repairs at an island paradise peopled by Danish settlers. Through the kindness of the inhabitants and particularly by the innocence of lovely Patricia Ellis and the comraderie of Ralph Bellamy,Fairbanks Jr. begins to mature as a responsible adult.However, tragedy lurks just around the corner.

The essential philosophy and moral of novelist Maugham is retained throughout this wonderful film.In great supporting roles are Arthur Hohl as the coarse,vulgar skipper,Reginald Owen as the girl's eccentric father, and Dudley Digges as the world-weary,opium-addicted physician.The film was remade with plot differences a few years later as 'Isle of Fury' with Humphrey Bogart!

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