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Slave Ship (1937)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  16 September 1937 (Germany)
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Captain Lovett ordered his first mate Thompson to get rid of his slave-trading crew and get a more respectable bunch for standard shipping, but when he brings his new bride Nancy aboard he ... See full summary »

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Jack Thompson
Elizabeth Allan ...
Nancy Marlowe
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Lefty
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Mrs. Marlowe
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Danelo
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Corey
Arthur Hohl ...
Grimes
Minna Gombell ...
Mabel
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Paul Hurst ...
Drunk
Holmes Herbert ...
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Captain Lovett ordered his first mate Thompson to get rid of his slave-trading crew and get a more respectable bunch for standard shipping, but when he brings his new bride Nancy aboard he finds the same old setup, including slave trade. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 September 1937 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Slaver  »

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Lon Chaney Jr.'s silent bit as a doomed laborer can be spotted in the opening sequence, a ship's launching with fatal consequences. See more »

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References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »

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Lilly Dale
(1852) (uncredited)
Words and Music by H.S. Thompson
Arranged by Edward Kilenyi
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A real oddity
8 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

William Faulkner must have envisioned "Slave Ship" as a dark commentary on the curse of slavery(the "cursed ship" element is abandoned early on) and the studio tried to turn it into a typical adventure yarn. The results are strangely tasteless, unsettling, and facinating.

This is a bad movie, but one I highly recommend. The movie seems to be saying "these people veiwed things in a different way, but the best of them rose above slavery." We feel almost as much distance to movie makers, as Wallace Berry is mostly viewed as a roughish but likeable scoundrel; though we learn early on he is a genocidal mass murderer.

Though only seen in short glimpses, the inhumanity of slavery is fairly well expressed. It's the fairly casual context of subject that is allmost chilling. But see it for yourself and decide.


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