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The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 November 1934 (USA)
Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capeador for a restful cruise, hoping to quit drinking and begin writing a book. Also on board are Steve's friend Schulte, a private ... See full summary »

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Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Wallace Smith (novel), Wallace Smith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor McLaglen ... Junius P. Schulte
Wynne Gibson ... Mrs. Jeddock
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Yolanda Magruder
John Gilbert ... Steve Bramley
Helen Vinson ... Janet Grayson
Fred Keating ... Danny Checkett
Leon Errol ... Layton
Walter Connolly ... Capt. Helquist
Tala Birell ... Gerta Klangi
Walter Catlett ... Joe Silvers
John Wray ... Mr. Jeddock
Claude Gillingwater ... Judge Griswold
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Victoria Griswold
Donald Meek ... Josephus Bushmills
Luis Alberni ... Juan Gilboa
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Storyline

Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capeador for a restful cruise, hoping to quit drinking and begin writing a book. Also on board are Steve's friend Schulte, a private detective hoping to nab criminal Danny Checkett with a fortune in stolen bonds. Steve begins drinking, all the while observing the various stories of other passengers on board, several of whom turn out not to be who they seem to be. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A tidal wave of laughs! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Farsa da Vida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Sony Pictures Television print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the ship docks for the final time at the end of the film, stock footage is used of the liner "Olympic" (name visible on bow) being pushed by tug toward the pier. "Olympic" was one of the famous "three sisters", the others being "Titanic" and "Britanic". Unlike the ill-fated sisters however, "Olympic" had a long service life until being scrapped about 1937 and had the nickname "Old Reliable". See more »

Goofs

Right after the stern line is cast off, showing us the ship's starboard side is at dockside, the Captain (Walter Connolly) orders the helm, "Hard to starboard" - which would apparently send the ship right back into the dock. The 'Hard to Starboard' command by the Captain isn't a goof at all, as his very next command is 'Both engines slow astern'. In other words he's reversing the vessel and in that case starboard is the correct direction. See more »

Connections

Edited into Commotion on the Ocean (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

I Thought I Wanted You
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Written by Archie Gottler
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John Gilbert shines in his final role.
22 March 2002 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is a poorly paced and scripted little drama, that might have inspired the creators of "The Love Boat". It's all about the passengers and the crew aboard a cruise ship, and their various misadventures and intrigues.

It is the cast that redeems this picture from being a forgettable piece of mediocrity. All put in good performances - although I wasn't sure what The Three Stooges were doing in the film!! Alison Skipworth is especially memorable as a rather flirtatious rich widow.

But the film is made unforgettable by a magnificent performance from the great silent star John Gilbert, in his final film. Having fallen from super-stardom with the coming of sound, he had descended into alcoholism, and would die just two years after this film was completed. Ironically he portrays an alcoholic trying to reform - and he plays it with such dignity, grace, charm and wit, that he makes us realise today what a great screen actor we lost in John Gilbert. A sad final role perhaps, but he at last proved to the world that he could have been a fine talkie actor.


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