7.6/10
556
12 user 6 critic

The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)

Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capador for a restful cruise, hoping to quit drinking and begin writing a book. Also on board are Steve's friend Schulte, a private ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(continuity), (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Richard Dix, Mary Astor, Robert Armstrong
Certificate: Passed Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An escaped Devil's Island convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette
Day of Wrath (1943)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam
Redemption (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Fedya wins Lisa away from her fiance, Victor Karenin. But after Fedya weds Lisa, he becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl, Masha. His duplicity leads to tragedy.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Lionel Barrymore
Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Conrad Nagel
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn
Sahara I (1943)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish
Desert Nights (1929)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A con man with his beautiful accomplice and a hostage steals a half million dollars worth of diamonds but finds they're all lost in the desert without water.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: John Gilbert, Ernest Torrence, Mary Nolan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drown. That same day,... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger
The Unknown (1927)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mrs. Jeddock
...
Mrs. Yolanda Magruder
...
Steve Bramley
...
Janet Grayson
Fred Keating ...
Danny Checkett
...
Layton
...
Captain Helquist
...
Gerta Klangi
...
Joe Silvers
...
Mr. Jeddock
Claude Gillingwater ...
Judge Griswold
Emily Fitzroy ...
Mrs. Victoria Griswold
...
Josephus Bushmills
Luis Alberni ...
Juan Gilboa
Edit

Storyline

Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capador for a restful cruise, hoping to quit drinking and begin writing a book. Also on board are Steve's friend Schulte, a private detective hoping to nab criminal Danny Checkett with a fortune in stolen bonds. Steve begins drinking, all the while observing the various stories of other passengers on board, several of whom turn out not to be who they seem to be. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All Aboard The Looney Liner! Over 1000 Laughs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Farsa da Vida  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Sony Pictures Television print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Gilbert's final appearance in a feature film; he subsequently appeared as himself in an MGM short subject. See more »

Goofs

The 'Hard to Starboard' command by the Captain isn't a goof at all, as his very next command is 'Both engines slow astern'. In other words he's reversing the vessel and in that case starboard is the correct direction. See more »

Connections

Edited into Commotion on the Ocean (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

I Thought I Wanted You
(uncredited)
Written by Archie Gottler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
John Gilbert Is Magnificent
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sort of B version of Grand Hotel but on a cruise ship, The Captain Hates the Sea is fascinating for a couple of terrific performances among the wreckage of this film that seems badly directed because of the confusing plot.

A disparate group of people take a cruise and get involved in the petty squabbles of the crew as well as each other's messy lives. There's something about bonds and bad reputations and undercover cops but none of it makes much sense.

However, John Gilbert, in his final film, is magnificent as the drunk. His voice has never been better and how ironic that this great star, whose career was supposedly ruined by his lousy speaking voice, turns in yet another terrific performance in a talkie. For anyone who has seen Gilbert in this film or Downstairs, Queen Christina, or The Phantom of Paris, you know that Gilbert had no voice problems.

Here is suave and cool and funny in a William Powell sort of way, and he's just mesmerizing to watch. Also very good are Alison Skipworth as the bossy hostess, Helen Vinson as the bonds thief, Walter Connolly as the captain, Walter Catlett as the bartender, Donald Meek as the bearded passenger, Wynne Gibson as the woman with the past, Leon Errol as the ship's mate, Akim Tamriroff as the troubled man, and the Three Stooges as the ship's musicians.

Victor McLaglen and Fred Keating are also after the bonds while John Wray is defending his wife's honor. Claude Gillingwater and Emily Fitzroy are also along for the ride. Quite the cast.

Not a great film but certainly worth a look for the cast and for the superb John Gilbert.


30 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does This Film Still Exist? david-puckett-1
Moe, Larry, and Curly are the ones to watch! kelkyl
fun stuff. great script. ksf-2
Discuss The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?