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His Woman (1931)

A woman masquerades as a missionary's daughter to get on a ship bound to New York.

Director:

Edward Sloman

Writers:

Melville Baker (screenplay), Dale Collins (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Captain Sam Whalan
Claudette Colbert ... Sally Clark
Averell Harris Averell Harris ... Mate Gatson
Joseph Calleia ... The Agent (as Joe Spurin Calleia)
Hamtree Harrington Hamtree Harrington ... Aloysius
Sidney Easton Sidney Easton ... Mark
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Gertrude
Charlotte Wynters ... Flo
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Tough Caribbean freighter Captain Sam Whelan engages Sally Clark, a tramp masquerading as a missionary's daughter, to care for an abandoned baby on board his ship. En route to New York, ships mate Gatson sexually attacks her. The Captain knocks Gatson overboard in an ensuing scuffle. A romance developing between the Captain and Miss Clark is put to the test in New York after an assault investigation uncovers the girl's questionable past. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sal of Singapore See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Version of Sal of Singapore (1928) See more »

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Sentimental but effective melodrama
18 June 2006 | by genet-1See all my reviews

Veteran Sloman's long career was winding down in 1931, but he shows a steady hand in this cliché tale of a stern but naive young sea captain (Cooper) who falls for the "entertainer" (Colbert) who, desperate to escape from a South American port, bluffs her way on board as nurse for a foundling baby dumped in the ship's dinghy. Romance takes second place, however, to scenes stolen by the engagingly vivacious and good-natured baby (Richard Spiro), and by the ship's African-American servants, played in Amos and Andy-style cross-talk by Hamtree Harrington and Sidney Easton. (Journeyman director of photography William O. Steiner went on to light a number of films featuring African American entertainers.) HIS WOMAN is a respectable B movie, worth seeing for the almost exaggeratedly tall young Cooper and the detail of Colbert's tramp friends, who lounge around their shared apartment in pre-Production Code undress. Colbert's first appearance, arriving by boat at night in search of a nightclub job, and some byplay in the cantina between Cooper and dancer Raquel Davidovich, who tempts him by kissing a flower, both recall Marlene Dietrich and Cooper in the previous year's MOROCCO, suggesting Paramount may have hoped to trade on that film's success.


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