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Pacific Liner (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 January 1939 (USA)
The S. S. Arcturus sails from Shanghai to San Francisco, and Dr. Jim Craig takes the post of ship's physician in order to be near Ann Grayson, the ship's nurse. Chief Engineer 'Crusher" ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Doctor Craig
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Ann Grayson
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Gallagher
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Britches
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Bilson
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Captain Mathews
Cy Kendall ...
Deadeyes (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Wishart
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Metcalfe
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Olaf
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Silvio
John Bleifer ...
Kovac
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Charles Trowbridge ...
San Francisco Doctor (scenes deleted)
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The S. S. Arcturus sails from Shanghai to San Francisco, and Dr. Jim Craig takes the post of ship's physician in order to be near Ann Grayson, the ship's nurse. Chief Engineer 'Crusher" McKay also has his eyes on Ann, and this brings an immediate conflict between the two men. When an epidemic breaks out below decks, Craig tells McKay the engine-and-fire rooms must be put under quarantine, but all of Craig's efforts to keep the disease from spreading are opposed by McKay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TYPHOON AHEAD!...MUTINY BELOW! and a strange white terror stalking a hoodoo ship! See more »


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6 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Drama ston okeano  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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RKO built an expensive ship set for this film. In 1943, producer Val Lewton was given instructions to come up with a low budget film that could use the still standing set. The result was The Ghost Ship (1943). See more »

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Referenced in The Rookie Cop (1939) See more »

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Unremarkable saga of cholera outbreak among liner boiler crew

This film has more potential than actual interest. It's something of a potboiler set in the boiler room of a pacific freight liner. Cholera breaks out and the captain and his staff keep the information isolated below decks as the boiler crew deals with fear and mutiny. McLaglen does his usual bravado work as the man in charge of the workers and Chester Morris provides the sensitivity as the ship's doctor. There's also Wendy Barrie for love interest. It's pretty claustrophobic and never really goes for the storyline or character potential in the set up. This makes it something of a B film. Odd note- Robert Russell Bennett wrote a brief and undistinguished score (except for the main title and a dance sequence, all the music takes place in the last fifteen minutes of the film) and somehow earned an Oscar nomination for it. Most undeserved. See it if you're looking to pass the time, otherwise don't bother.


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