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Gorilla Ship (1932)

A man, his wife and his best friend are aboard a yacht at sea that later gets shipwrecked. The husband soon starts to resent the attention paid to his wife by his friend.


Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)


George Waggner (story), George Waggner (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Ralph Ince ... Capt. 'Gorilla' Larsen
Vera Reynolds ... Helen Wells
Reed Howes ... Dave Burton
Wheeler Oakman ... Philip Wells
James Bradbury Jr. ... Dumb Sailor
George Chesebro ... Smith - First Mate
Ben Hall Ben Hall ... Benny - Cabin Boy


Philip Wells and his wife Helen argue a lot about the attention that Philip thinks Helen and his best friend, Dave Burton, are giving each other, but they all sail off together on Philips yacht, until "Gorilla"Larsen and his motley crew show up, scuttle the yacht, and marital-strife is no longer the issue of the day. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance Rides the Sea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ralph M. Like Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Re-titled 'Vengeance Rides the Sea,' this film's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Thursday 29 December 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4). See more »

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Cousin of the Wolf
5 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gorilla Ship is a Sea Wolf very light where the brutal captain has the nickname of an animal. Ralph Ince plays Captain Gorilla Larsen no doubt related to Jack London's Wolf Larsen. But believe me very distantly.

Instead of Jack London's prose we get a brutal schooner captain who loves clocking his crew if they don't move fast enough. On a voyage to the South Seas he spots first a man in a lifeboat and then a man and woman in the water clinging to wreckage. They all get picked up and all become amusing toys for his lord and master on the schooner.

The husband is veteran western heavy Wheeler Oakman who was in the lifeboat and is a most jealous man, the two in the water are his wife Vera Reynolds and Reed Howes. It's your standard triangle.

Once they're all on the Gorilla Ship all the fun and games on Ince's part start.

Not much to say here other than this is a poverty row melodrama with a rather unbelievable twist of fate.

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