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The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 November 1934 (USA)
Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capador 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 »

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Arnold Belgard (continuity), Wallace Smith (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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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Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capador 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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Ship A-Hooey! All aboard the laugh-liner - flagship of the Fun Line! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Farsa da Vida See more »

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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 »

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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 send the ship right back into the dock. See more »

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I Thought I Wanted You
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Grand Hotel on Water
25 August 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lewis Milestone, ace director-for-hire, seems to have been having a terrible year in 1934: between the fascinating train wreck of HALLELUJAH I'M A BUM and this one, he seems to have, temporarily at least, lost his way.

Anyway, this picture is another fascinating failure because while there are many wonderful performers and performances in it -- Jack Gilbert, who would die shortly, was not the only actor whose career was on the slide and thus available on the cheap: Victor McLaglen and Wynne Gibson undoubtedly did not command as much money as they would have a few years earlier. Everyone gives fine performances, but they never quite come together as a whole, the way GRAND HOTEL does with its sense of fatality. THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA remains a series of vignettes linked by location. Perhaps too much landed on the cutting room floor.

Others have commented on Gilbert, so let me note one of my favorite talents behind the camera: Joseph August. In a third of a century as a director of photography, from William Hart westerns in the 'Teens through PORTRAIT OF JENNIE, he showed you beauty with every shot, and never -- or rarely -- so that you noticed the work that went into it. His traveling shots moved only to tell a story, his compositions focused your attention where it should be, his lighting let you see peoples' faces -- take a look at the Three Stooges, away from the flat light that they worked in for all their shorts. They are suddenly human beings for their few scenes here -- and August was one of the masters of framing. If you have the patience for a second viewing, notice how windows, plants, people, every detail changes the effective shape of the frame, often to superb psychological purpose.

To sum up, this movie as a whole does not work -- normally I would rate it a five out of ten, as another mediocre, derivative work. But the talent on display makes it substantially better than average.


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