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Release Date:
28 September 1936 (USA) See more »
The Heroic Adventures Of The Coast Guard! See more »
When Coast Guard Commander arrives at his actress girlfriend's yacht he find the owner killed, contraband seal skins, and no girlfriend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Bob Randall

Nan Grey ... Connie Dawson

William Bakewell ... Lieut. Commander Mays

Fuzzy Knight ... Hogan

Russell Hicks ... Phil Morgan

George Irving ... Commander Mays

Lotus Long ... Marie

Harry Worth ... Nick Austin
Ernest Hilliard ... Reggie Winton
George Humbert ... Johnny 'Hop-Scotch'

Ethan Laidlaw ... Louie

Chester Gan ... Oil

Cy Kendall ... Detective
Harrison Greene ... Fats
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... 2nd Radio Man (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... 1st Radio Man (uncredited)

Hal Price ... Henchman Hal (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Henchman Chuck (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank R. Strayer  (as Frank Strayer)
Writing credits
George Waggner (screenplay) (as George Waggoner)

Dorrell McGowan (story) &
Stuart E. McGowan (story)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... associate producer
Trem Carr .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Snyder 
Archie Stout  (as A.J. Stout)
Film Editing by
Hanson T. Fritch  (as Hanson Fritch)
Ray H. Lockert  (as Ray Lockert)
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson 
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound technician
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
Music Department
Herman Heller .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
R.L. Jack .... technical advisor (as Commander R.L. Jack U.S.C.G.)

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
That Aleutian Hideaway, 27 October 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Sea Spoilers finds John Wayne as the commanding officer of a Coast Guard Cutter on duty in the Pacific Northwest looking for seal poachers. This was the first of six films that Wayne did in 1936-1937 for Universal in an effort to broaden his acting horizons. Not one of these B films for Universal was a western.

It gets real personal after Wayne's sweetheart, Nan Grey, witnesses the murder of a drunken playboy on his yacht. The playboy, Ernest Hilliard realizes he's been the dupe of these seal poachers for some time and threatens to spill to the authorities. The head of the outfit, Russell Hicks, has a thing for Grey and instead of just killing the only witness, kidnaps her and takes her to his Aleutian hideaway.

In the meantime Wayne also has been superseded in command of his vessel by William Bakewell who is the son of the commanding officer George Irving. Believe it or not Bakewell has a phobia about water and wants to be in the air. He eventually gets his wish, but the villains capture him for his trouble.

Sea Spoilers is a competently made action film and the final battle with the Coast Guard and the poachers is very well staged, especially considering this is a B film. Fuzzy Knight fulfills the role of sidekick, just as if this were a western. He and the Duke worked well together, a pity he didn't do any more films with Wayne other than Shepherd of the Hills.

I have a hard time though wrapping my mind around the concept of a Coast Guardsman with a water phobia. It's explained, but how did Bakewell get in the service in the first place even with a father that had a lot of pull? And did Russell Hicks have that bad a thing for Nan Grey?

Sea Spoilers could have used a better story. Still it's not a bad action film and some of the westerns the Duke was doing for Lone Star films were a whole lot worse at this time.

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