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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson
Elizabeth Allan ...
Nancy Marlowe
Mrs. Marlowe
Arthur Hohl ...
Minna Gombell ...
Francis Ford ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Paul Hurst ...
Holmes Herbert ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 September 1937 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Slaver  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Working title: "The Last Slaver" See more »


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


(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
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Slave trade without the Spielberg spin job. True history.
24 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WARNER BAXTER is a Yankee sea captain who goes to church on Sundays and shyly courts pretty Elizabeth Allen as time permits. His cargo happens to be slaves purchased in West Africa for sale in America. In this movie, slaves are purchased matter-of-factly from Black Africans, get some brutal treatment on board (but not much), and the crew is happy with their work and waay dirty too. None of the slaves are portrayed as brilliant or courageous. Trouble comes when throwing the "evidence" overboard becomes an issue between the captain and the crew. Since this film was made 60 years ago, it's blessedly free of the Political Correctness spin job which sunk "Amistead." It simply never occurred to Hollywood back then to re-write history to conform to wacky leftist viewpoints which distort facts. Obviously Hollywood today is in a tizzy over the "slavery issue" and thus dozens of films like this one and such as Walt Disney's wonderful "Song of the South" --- a film depicting only former slaves --- are kept out of sight. Hush!

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