4 user

Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 12 July 1934 (USA)
Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester, is deeply in love with his wife Margaret and dreams of the future when his son Jack will step into his shoes. He sails to England to ... See full summary »



(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After Nina Leeds finds out that insanity runs in her husband's family, she has a love child with a handsome doctor and lets her husband believes the child is his.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton
Today We Live (1933)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

During WWI, two officers, one a pilot and the other in the navy, compete for the same beautiful young woman.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Stars: Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Romeo and Juliet love story between the son of a brutal Italian bootlegger and the daughter of his bitter ex-partner, who is engaged in a blood feud with his one-time friend.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Leo Carrillo, Constance Cummings, Robert Young
Carolina (1934)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During Civil War Reconstruction, the Connelly family is romantically restored to their former glory when Will Connelly marries a Yankee farm girl, Joanna Tate, despite the objects of his ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Young
Red Salute (1935)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The rebellious daughter of an army general gets involved with a Communist agitator, mainly to annoy her father. He arranges to have her kidnapped and taken to Mexico--hoping that she will ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Young, Hardie Albright
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed. A detective is called in to investigate, but his ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Edward Arnold, Robert Young, Constance Cummings
Isadora (1968)
Certificate: M Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards
Secret Agent (1936)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young
Sworn Enemy (1936)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Joseph Calleia
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A judge hands four wayward boys to a college football coach who turns them into backfield stars.

Director: Russell Mack
Stars: Robert Young, Stuart Erwin, Leo Carrillo
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Mildred Owens, Ethan Allen, Olaf Skavlan


Complete credited cast:
John Forrester aka Eric Jann aka Peter Korotoff
Jack Forrester
Macon Jones ...
Jack Forrester - Age 14
Jack Forrester, Age 4 (as Scott Beckett)
Rollo Lloyd ...
Henry Braverman
Maidel Turner ...
Henrietta Crosland
Carlo - the Puppeteer
George Humbert ...
Hugh Huntley ...
Jamison - Ship's Officer
Alec Klein
Professor Weaver
Peter Korotoff
Yale Puppeteers ...
Puppeteers (as The Yale Puppeteers)


Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester, is deeply in love with his wife Margaret and dreams of the future when his son Jack will step into his shoes. He sails to England to produce a show but the ship strikes a derelict wreckage and is sinking rapidly. In the ensuing wild panic, Forrester saves many lives, until finally, panic stricken by sudden fear, he dons a woman's clothes and is among the rescued. On the coast of Newfouldland, the villagers, not aware of his true identity, curse him but he is befriended by Alec who helps him conceal his identity. With a planned story of his survival, he returns to New York but cannot face his family or friends after he sees the plaque to his heroism on his New York theatre. Deciding to remain thought of as dead, he becomes a derelict himself, surviving on odd jobs as he watches from afar his now-grown son begin his career as a producer. The son meets with failure and Forrester, claiming to be an old friend of his father, goes to him ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De, guderne vil ødelægge  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Edited into Sea of Lost Ships (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Known as "Shipwreck" in 1934
5 September 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I saw "Shipwreck" in Radio City Music Hall in 1934 (when I was 7). I especially enjoyed seeing Robert Young for perhaps the first time. I don't recall the semi-happy ending noted in your Summary. Instead, I thought the Walter Connolly character died in his son's office after his wife recognized him. (Maybe I anticipated that ending later on in "Tomorrow Is Forever.") Did time play tricks on me? I erroneously believed that the female lead was Ann Harding, only to find in IMDb that it was lookalike Doris Kenyon. I especially recall the lifeboat scramble and the beatings Connolly received in Newfoundland when his fellow passengers and the locals discovered he had disguised himself as a woman by placing a ladies fur coat over his head.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: