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Sword Fishing (1939)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, Short, Adventure  |  21 October 1939 (USA)
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A group of men are on the sailboat the Scirocco heading down the Pacific coast to go fishing, but not just ordinary fishing. Among the group is archer Howard Hill who has used this skill in... See full summary »

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A group of men are on the sailboat the Scirocco heading down the Pacific coast to go fishing, but not just ordinary fishing. Among the group is archer Howard Hill who has used this skill in the past for big game hunting. Hill practices his archery skill by using a life preserver as a target, and by shooting flying fish gliding above the water. This practice is all in the preparation for the main target, the great blue marlin, which Hill plans on shooting with a specially rigged bow and arrow like harpoon, before the marlin is brought in by conventional rod and reel. After Hill gets to reel one in, he gives the turn to one of his less experienced crew. Regardless of if they get the fish, the act of marlin fishing is fraught with danger as the marlin tries to win the battle. Written by Huggo

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Personally, I was cheering for the fish.
16 August 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short was nominated for an Oscar. It's principal point of interest today is its narrator, one Ronald Wilson Reagan. There are some nice archery shots and the sword fish scores a moral victory of sorts, but it's only average or slightly above average. Turner Classic Movies runs this as filler and your best bet to catch it is in March during their "31 Days of Oscar" festival. Worth wtching to a degree. I was rooting for the fish myself.


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