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Tiger Shark (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 1932 (USA)
A tuna fisherman marries a woman who doesn't love him.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Houston Branch (original story "Tuna"), Wells Root (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Mike Mascarenhas
Richard Arlen ... Pipes Boley
Zita Johann ... Quita Silva
Leila Bennett ... Muggsey
J. Carrol Naish ... Tony (as J. Carroll Naish)
Vince Barnett ... Fishbone
William Ricciardi ... Manuel Silva
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Storyline

Mike is a great tuna fisherman though he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now Mike is happily married to Quita and doesn't notice that Pipes and Quita are falling for each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Jungle holds no terrors for these bloodthirsty white-belled cannibals!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiger-Hai See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Abdulla Bulbul Amir
(1877) (uncredited)
Written by William Percy French
Sung by Richard Arlen and members of the crew
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They Knew What They Wanted, with tuna
17 December 2014 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

How many times has this plot been used? The older guy--hearty, well-liked, a good man--wins the pretty young thing, but she's attracted to his best friend. It's like "They Knew What They Wanted," with Edward G. Robinson changing Charles Laughton's Italian accent to Portuguese and becoming an ace fisherman instead of a vintner. He's wonderful, in a showy yet subtle performance, and the beautiful Zita Johann is a prize worth fighting for. The writing isn't wonderful, though--we never understand why this lying blowhard is so popular, and the third side of the triangle, Richard Arlen, is given no personality at all. Howard Hawks must have liked the maritime setting, or just being on a boat, because there are yards of irrelevant footage of tuna fishing, leading to a climax that's not very clearly edited (just how does Arlen get out of this, and why does Eddie G. do such a turnaround?). But it leads to a moving big finale. It's atmospheric, with lots of outdoors shooting that makes it seem less studio-bound, and Robinson is always worth watching.


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