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Captain Calamity (1936)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  29 November 1936 (USA)
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A South Seas skipper fights off thieves and pirates who are after a lost treasure.

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Complete credited cast:
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(Cap't) Bill Jones
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Vince Barnett ...
Burp
Crane Wilbur ...
Dr. Kelkey
Juan Torena ...
Mike
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Samson (as Roy D'arcy)
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Pierre (as George Lewis)
Margaret Irving ...
Mamie Gruen
Louis Natheaux ...
E.D. Joblin - Store Owner
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Carr
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Trader Jim
Alberto Gandero ...
Gandero - a Sailor (as Albert Gandero)
Harold Howard ...
Guy Warren
Charles Moyer ...
'Mac' McKenzie - a Sailor
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In the South Seas, Bill Jones, captain of the schooner "Marigold", is known as Captain Calamity as he is quick to fight or frolic. Stone broke on the island of Quica and with his ship in need or re-stocking, Bill accepts an ancient Spanish doubloon from a young Australian named Carr in exchange for taking him to Tapillo, where Carr can take a ship to Sydney. Bill gives the doubloon to trader Joblin for supplies, and does not bother to correct the trader's impression that he has found a fabulous horde of pirate gold. With Madame Gruen, a slatternly jade who runs a waterfront boarding house, and Samson, her oily paramour, Joblin schemes to seize Captain Bill's supposed treasure trove. Together, they gather a a crew of cutthroats, led by Black Pierre, leader of the scum of the waterfront dives, to seize the treasure. Bill also meets Dr. Kelkey, loser in many bouts with a brandy bottle, and his ward, Madge Lewis, on a mission to find the man who murdered and robbed her father in Australia... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A FIGHT FOR GOLD AND LOVE...ON A TROPICAL SEA! See more »


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29 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Hurricane  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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(Hirlicolor)| (16 mm version)

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1.37 : 1
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According to a news article from January 22, 1936, producer George A. Hirliman wanted to make this an black cast production, with Nina Mae McKinney in the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When Joblin gives Captain Jones a drink at the bar, he places the bottle on Jones' left and the glass on his right. Jones reaches for the bottle with his left hand. The next shot shows the bottle in Jones' right hand, pouring a drink into the glass held in his left. See more »

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Dr. James Kelkey: You're one of the richest men on earth, Bill. All the money in the world couldn't buy that body of yours.
Captain Bill Jones: Yeah, I suppose I oughta be thankful. The trouble is, it costs so much to feed it.
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Alternate-language version of El capitan Tormenta (1936) See more »

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Tell Me Why
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Written by Jack Stern and Harry Tobias
Sung by George Houston
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Truth in titling
10 December 2009 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Really bad story of a Captain who is paid with a gold coin for transporting a passenger to an island. When people find out that he has a gold coin they assume he has a treasure and well…

This film is a mess. As bad as it is, its also a watchable film in a so bad its good sort of way but its still a mess. Blame it almost all of the problems on the lead. George Houston as the Captain plays it with a smirk and a wink and completely destroys any credibility the film might have had. Trust me, as mediocre as the rest of the film Houston sinks the film single handedly because he's so jovial and joking and ever smiling that we can take nothing seriously. How did this guy ever have a career as anything other than a laughing idiot?

For bad film lovers only.


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