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The Beachcomber (1938)

Vessel of Wrath (original title)
In the Dutch islands, the sister of a pious missionary attempts to reform a womanizing, drunken beach bum.

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In the Dutch islands, the sister of a pious missionary attempts to reform a womanizing, drunken beach bum.

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The nursery rhyme that Ted quotes is 'Jack Sprat' (The most common version of the rhyme is: Jack Sprat could eat no fat./ His wife could eat no lean./ And so between them both, you see,/ They licked the platter clean) See more »

Goofs

The shadows on Ginger Ted's verandah change between shots in the opening scenes. In the first shot most of the verandah is in muted shadow, in the next most of it is in full sun with clear shadows. Later, his dog is seen sitting on the verandah in full sun late in the day with the shadows in the same place as earlier. See more »

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Remade as The Beachcomber (1954) See more »

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Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
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Sung by Ginger Ted
Written by Godfrey Marks
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Newton Features To Fine Effect
10 August 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

In reading all of the reviews scant attention seems to be given to Robert Newton.Maybe because this performance is typical of those he gave in the 1930s and 1940s before Long John silver got hold of him.The irony is that in real life he was far more like the character played by Charles Laughton.Indeed in just about any biography of any actor of that period ,sooner or later tipsily in to view comes Robert Newton.Unfortunately drink made him much the worse for wear,making producers unwilling to take the chance and ultimately shortening his life.I do wish somebody would write a biography of this fine actor who gives a quiet even underplayed performance in this film.


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