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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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Madge
George Houston ...
(Cap't) Bill Jones
Vince Barnett ...
Burp
Crane Wilbur ...
Dr. Kelkey
Juan Torena ...
Mike
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Roy D'Arcy ...
Samson (as Roy D'arcy)
George J. Lewis ...
Pierre (as George Lewis)
Margaret Irving ...
Mamie Gruen
Louis Natheaux ...
E.D. Joblin - Store Owner
Barry Norton ...
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 Story that is rich and racy...thrilling in its action and torrid lovemaking...packed with adventure and romance. 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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Trivia

George A. Hirliman wanted actress Lupita Tovar to appear in this film, but she ended up only appearing in the alternate language version, El capitan Tormenta (1936). See more »

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The background changes between shots when Captain Jones helps Warren aboard the Marigold. See more »

Quotes

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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A Drunken Sailor
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Written by Jack Stern and Harry Tobias
Sung by George Houston
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Avoid at all costs
25 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Captain Calamity is an early pirate film about Captain Bill Jones, a sailor who accepts a gold coin for transporting a man. When he pays off with the gold coin, speculation spreads that he has a treasure. Soon after, a band of pirates are after him and the gold. The plot was really strange and convoluted, so the details were lost to me. This is partly because because the technical mistakes were so distracting that it was hard to care about anything. When watching the film, I quickly realized that it was a complete mess. I was foolish and had vowed to watch through the whole thing, resulting in one of my worst movie experiences.

The acting is downright horrible. Captain Bill Jones could have been quite a charismatic character, but he ends up being a complete clown. The other acting was just as terrible, and the characters themselves were bland and forgettable. I could not bring myself to care about any single character. The dialog was also terrible.

The camera-work is some of the sloppiest I have ever seen. There is no sense of orientation because nearly all the scenes focus directly on the characters or their faces, so the surrounding environment is a complete mystery. This leads to immense continuity confusion. It does not help that the editing is also bad; the scene changes seem very jerky and unnatural.

Captain Calamity fails on every level that I judge movies on. I had no fun at all; I was hoping that the (potentially) exciting seafaring theme might overshadow the problems, but it was nowhere near the case. I do not even want to think about watching the movie again, ever. It looks like Captain Calamity is largely forgotten or ignored by today's viewers, which I think is a worthy fate.


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