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Souls at Sea (1937)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 3 September 1937 (USA)
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

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Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor
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Powdah
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Margaret Tarryton
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Lieutenant Stanley Tarryton
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Captain of 'William Brown'
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Babsie
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George Martin
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Court Prosecutor
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Barton Woodley
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Tina
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Gaston de Bastonet
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Captain Martisel
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Toymaker
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Violinist
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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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Men Against The Sea ! Stark Drama No Fiction Can Equal ! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 Catalina 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 »

Quotes

Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor: Did you ever study strategy, Powdah?
Powdah: I never studied nothin'.
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Connections

Referenced in The Exterminating Angels (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang Boys Hang
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Fine human drama with scale, scope and epic quality.

George Raft and Gary Cooper are well cast as buddies on the seas, fighting the slave trade. There's a sinking ship climax similar to TITANIC, although on a smaller scale, and a court drama where Cooper is accused of wanton murder in rescuing some but not all of the survivors. Good solid performances and an absorbing, thoughtful film. This was deservedly Oscar nommed for Art Direction, Score and Assistant Director. Worth a look.


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