After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »

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Bobo
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Anna
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Tiny
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Nutsy
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Dr. Frank Brothers
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Woman on boat
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Rev. Wilson
William Halligan ...
Bartender
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Takeo (as Sen Yung)
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Henry Hirota
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Mildred
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Pop Kelly
Arthur Hohl ...
Jennings
John Kelly ...
Mac
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Policeman
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After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues lovely Anna from a watery suicide attempt and installs her on the barge. But Tiny, Bobo's longtime pal and parasite, hopes to drive Anna away before domestic bliss tears Bobo away from him; the still unsolved murder may be just the wedge Tiny needs. There's fog on the water and evil brewing... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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29 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Archie Mayo replaced Fritz Lang as director. See more »

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Remade as Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000) See more »

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Rare US film for Jean Gabin...
6 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and a good one at that. Gabin plays a rough drifter along California's fishery coast who rescues a girl (Ida Lupino) from a suicide attempt. He takes her to his floating bait shack and the two fall in love. Unlikely storyline takes a back seat to the acting of Gabin and Lupino as well as Claude Rains as the local "failed intellectual." Great waterfront sets certainly help this moody tale. Only Thomas Mitchell seems to overplay his hand as the treacherous friend. Jean Gabin was a European favorite for 45 years, and it's easy to see why in this film. Too bad he didn't stay in Hollywood a little longer, but the war was on. Also in the film as Jerome Cowan (in a subplot that seems to have been trimmed), Tully Marshall, Vera Lewis, Helene Reynolds, and Victor Sen Yung.


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