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Allen Rivkin (screen play)
Allan Dwan (story)
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Release Date:
14 June 1935 (USA) See more »
On a cruise ship a professional gambler comes to the aid of a young man victimized by a jewel thief. The young man turns out to be his son. | Add synopsis »
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Edmund Lowe ... John Francis Dugan

Claire Trevor ... Janette Foster

Tom Brown ... Fred Curtis

Eugene Pallette ... Colonel Upton Calhoun Belcher
Adrienne Ames ... Mrs. Millicent Caldwell Bath
Herbert Mundin ... Oscar

Ford Sterling ... Mather
Jed Prouty ... Orville Schmelling

Billy Bevan ... Alfred
David Torrence ... Captain Savage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Blackwood ... Edith (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ... Passenger (uncredited)
Edward Cecil ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Allan Conrad ... Third Officer (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Detective Clancy (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Bar Who Later Faints (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Steward (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Curtis (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
James B. 'Pop' Kenton ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Slim Martin ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Riley - Customs Officer (uncredited)
Joseph W. Reilly ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Steward (uncredited)
Gloria Roy ... Passenger (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Oscar's Friend (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Oscar's Friend (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Betty - Millicent's Maid (uncredited)

Silvia Vaughan ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Dick Webster ... Singer (uncredited)
Marion Weldon ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (screen play)

Allan Dwan (story)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... producer
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Alex Troffey (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Costume Design by
Royer (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Bowen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Leverett .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph LaShelle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Clare .... lyrics
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Oscar Levant .... music
Crew verified as complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #835) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea..., 23 January 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This film, shown on cable recently, was a discovery. In only 76 minutes, this delicious comedy packs much more than lengthier ones. This is a tribute to the man in charge of it, Allan Dawn, who combines the right elements to give us this fabulous trans Atlantic voyage.

We are introduced to the main characters, Jeannette Foster and John Francis Dugan, traveling second class in a luxury liner. Dugan knows he can sneak into first class and takes Jeanette with him. John Dugan is a professional gambler that made his living out of these ships playing with the wealthy passengers. Jeanette is an actress returning home.

We also meet an assortment of the passengers in the upper deck. Among them, an immature playboy, Fred Curtis, who has no luck gambling and is in debt to the mysterious and sophisticated Mrs. Bath, a rich woman who has stolen an expensive necklace from one a European royal just for the thrill of it. We also meet Col. Belcher and his friend and partner in gambling, Schmelling, a funny pair that will soon lose money to Dugan, who knows more about the game.

The surprise comes from watching a splendid comedic turn by Claire Trevor, who we have seen in a lot of heavier roles. In this picture she clearly demonstrates she had a knack for playing a lighter fare. The movie also has an excellent performance from the great Edmund Lowe, an actor that was a pleasure to watch in everything he did.

In the smaller roles, the great Eugene Palette makes a great impression as Col. Belcher, a rich oil man returning from Europe. Adrienne Ames, was also good as the sophisticated Mrs. Bath. She plays this woman with great panache. Tom Brown, as the young Fred Curtis, makes a good contribution to the film.

The ensemble work that Allan Dawn got from all the major players, as well as the rest of the crew makes "Black Sheep" a delight to watch. The fantastic crossing of the Atlantic in the era of the luxury ships will enchant anyone looking for a carefree time at the movies.

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