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Ebb Tide (1937)

Approved | | Adventure | 25 December 1937 (Finland)
Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

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Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Attwater: Next day I called all hands. I took my rifle, prepared to lead the way; the guilty man, right by my side, fawning on me. Presently, we came to the tree with the man hanging there, it wasn't a pretty sight; the birds had been at him. I told the guilty man to go up the tree. He wasn't eager. But he went. He was always obedient. As soon as he was up there, he looked down, and there was my rifle - covering him. He gave a little whimper, like a dog. But he was obedient to the last. He recited his ...
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Version of Adventure Island (1947) See more »

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Ebb Tide
Words and Music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
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Frances Farmer's only technicolor film
26 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the strangest films to come from a major studio during the golden era of Hollywood, "Ebb Tide" was promoted as "the first South Seas drama in COLOR", and boasts an eclectic (to say the least) cast, including Oscar Homolka (in his US feature debut), Frances Farmer (in her only color film), Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald and Lloyd Nolan. Dour, pessimistic, and full of tortured close-ups of Homolka grimacing, this was probably not what movie-goers of 1937 were expecting. On the plus-side, the performances are riveting (though Homolka is difficult to understand at times), and the chance to see the ravishing Farmer in Technicolor splendor is worth wading through a turgid plot involving three ne'er-do-wells shanghaing a quarantined ship to the tropical paradise island of Tehua, where they meet madman Lloyd Nolan. There's also an exciting storm sequence which was the "Perfect Storm" of its day. Based on a story co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The only broadcast print in wide circulation is edited and is badly in need of color correction.


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