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Corsair (1931)

A stock market broker plans to liven up his boring life by taking up piracy on the high seas.

Director:

Roland West

Writers:

Walton Green (from a novel by), Roland West (picturized by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... John Hawks
Thelma Todd ... Alison Corning (as Alison Loyd)
Fred Kohler ... Big John
Ned Sparks ... Slim
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... Stephen Corning
William Austin ... Richard Bentinck
Frank McHugh ... 'Chub' Hopping
Frank Rice ... Fish Face
Mayo Methot ... Sophie
Gay Seabrook Gay Seabrook ... Susie Grenoble (as Gay Seabrooke)
Addie McPhail Addie McPhail ... Jean Phillips
Al Hill ... First Mate of the Corsair
Pat Hartigan Pat Hartigan ... (as Patrick Hartigan)
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook
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A stock market broker plans to liven up his boring life by taking up piracy on the high seas.

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Corsário See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Roland West's last film. He took a few years off from the industry and planned to return in the late 1930s, but in 1935 his girlfriend, actress Thelma Todd, was murdered in a restaurant that she and West ran in Santa Monica. He vowed never to return to Hollywood and for the remainder of his life (he died in 1952), he never did. See more »

Quotes

Fish Face: [after kissing Sophie] You better move fast, Pepper Mama. Or I won't let ya get outta that door.
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Referenced in Poirot: The King of Clubs (1989) See more »

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Chester Morris in a Roland West film
4 August 2008 | by the_mysteriousxSee all my reviews

This film is available on Alpha Video in a decent print and is most noteworthy as the final film of Roland West's career. He made three sound films, all with Chester Morris in the lead. This is also the least popular and in some ways the least artistic of the three. An additional behind-the-scenes interest of this film, is that Thelma Todd is the female lead, billed as "Alison Loyd" in an obvious attempt to distinguish her as a dramatic actress. She is fine in the film, but has a rather skimpy part.

The plot involves a young man who has just graduated from college who begins to work on Wall Street after being teased by Todd's character and clashes with his boss, who is her father. To prove his point and to get revenge, he becomes a modern day pirate, stealing liquor from illegal shipments at sea. Chester Morris is excellent in the role of John Hawkes, the young man.

Some great sharp camera angles and one very dark, sinister scene involving "Fish Face" and a female, Sophie, do not entirely make up for the fact that this film does not advance the techniques of film-making as ALIBI and THE BAT WHISPERS did. West's combination of editing with sound effects and music in ALIBI were a revelation in early 1929. And with THE BAT WHISPERS, he took miniature work to a new level in sound films with his 'bat's eye' camera moves through the cities and towns. CORSAIR seems rather routine in comparison.

That is not to say this is not a good little gangster film. Fred Kohler is solid as the bootlegger, Big John, and Ned Sparks along with Mayo Methot are great in support. The editing is crisp and the overall film has the dark touches you would expect from Roland West. It still holds up as one of the more effective gangster films of the early 1930s.


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