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The Gem of the Ocean (1934)

In this musical short, the leading lady is a French woman who finds mystery and romance on a luxury liner. There is much music with a chorus of beautiful girls dancing in lush art deco settings.





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Complete credited cast:
Eton Boys ...
Singing Bartenders
Dick Barstow ...
Male Dancer
Edith Barstow ...
Female Dancer
Mr. Hemming
Ralph Riggs ...
Fred Harper ...


A young French woman is one of many passengers aboard a luxury ocean liner sailing from the US to France. She is returning home to try and help her brother, a wrongly accused fugitive from the French authorities. Also aboard the ship is a young man who followed her on board, he who doesn't know her problem but is in love with her. Another person who followed her on board is Pasha, an Arab who plans on blackmailing her with the knowledge of her brother's whereabouts, unless she hands over a family heirloom, a black pearl ring, which he wants to sell to a rich passenger to obtain some needed cash. There is another person on board who may be able to tie all the loose pieces of the story together. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

19 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #7: The Gem of the Ocean  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1766-1767. See more »


It's the Way You Shake It
Written by Sanford Green and Cliff Hess
Sung by the Eton Boys and danced by a chorus line
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25 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Gem of the Ocean (1934)

** (out of 4)

Two-reeler from Warner/Vitaphone has a French woman (Jeanne Aubert) being blackmailed on board an ocean liner by a man (Sheldon Leonard) who wants a valuable jewel that she owns. The man plans to get the jewel away from the woman because her brother is in trouble with the law but also on the ride she finds love. THE GEM OF THE OCEAN really isn't a very good movie but there are enough interesting moments to make it worth viewing by film buffs who enjoy watching these rare films when they pop up on Turner Classic Movies. I think the main appeal of this is going to be those wanting to see Leonard in an early role. Most will remember him as playing Nick in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and he's pretty good here playing a character you really wouldn't expect to see him play. Aubert isn't too bad in the lead, although she's really not given too much to work with and the love story things just never add up. The mystery of what the brother did or didn't do never add up either for that matter. I was a little surprised to see a couple musical numbers thrown in because they really don't mix too well with the "story" trying to be told. Both numbers are pretty forgettable musically but visually there's an interesting one that takes place on the ocean floor.

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