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

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Action | Adventure

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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

The legal case United States vs. Holmes (in 1842) was the trial of the crewman who forced others off the lifeboat. Alexander Holmes was the only crew-member to be found in Philadelphia. A grand jury refused to return a murder indictment, but he was tried and convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail and fined $20. The trial enforced the dictum that sailors have a duty to their passengers that is above even their own lives. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor: The floor of the ocean is paved with the bones of slaves.
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Referenced in The Exterminating Angels (2006) See more »

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Polka Time
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Performed by Virginia Weidler
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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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