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Souls at Sea (1937)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure  -  3 September 1937 (USA)
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Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

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Margaret Tarryton
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Lieut. Tarryton
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Captain of 'William Brown'
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Babsie
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George Martin
Porter Hall ...
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George Zucco ...
Woodley
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Tina
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Gaston de Bastonet
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Capt. Martisel
Lucien Littlefield ...
Toymaker
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Tully Marshall ...
Pecora
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Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

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One man is on trial for murder, one man knows the truth. See more »

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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Almas en el mar  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Silent screen star John Bowers, who had not worked in films since the advent of sound crippled his career in 1931 heard that old friend Henry Hathaway was shooting "Souls at Sea" on Caralina Island. He rented a sixteen foot sloop and sailed there, hoping to land a part. Unfortunately he did not, and he left the island but did not return, his drowned body washing up on the shore at Santa Monica. His apparent suicide was the inspiration for the character of Norman Maine in the three versions of "A Star Is Born." See more »

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Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor: The floor of the ocean is paved with the bones of slaves.
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Susie Sapple
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Repeat viewings and on-going appreciation
17 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SOULS AT SEA was a rather popular film in its day. So popular in fact that Laurel & Hardy spoofed it in their comedy reworking of the original story, called SAPS AT SEA. So it's a bit unfortunate that this Paramount classic from the late 1930s seems to be slipping into gradual obscurity. It is certainly worthy of repeat viewings and on-going appreciation.

The great thing about this production is that the executives at Paramount decided to put two of its biggest male stars at that time into the lead roles. And in fact, it would be the only time that Gary Cooper and George Raft ever appeared in a movie together. They are superb. Meanwhile, Virginia Weidler fans will enjoy seeing her corner the market on tomboys, singing and telling stories– some from books, mostly fibs. And the rest of the supporting cast, particularly Henry Wilcoxon, also help make this an outstanding film.


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