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Captain Calamity (1936)

A South Seas skipper fights off thieves and pirates who are after a lost treasure.


John Reinhardt


Gordon Ray Young (story) (as Gordon Young), Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
George Houston ... (Cap't) Bill Jones
Marian Nixon ... Madge
Vince Barnett ... Burp
Crane Wilbur ... Dr. Kelkey
Juan Torena ... Mike
Movita ... Annana
Roy D'Arcy ... Samson (as Roy D'arcy)
George J. Lewis ... Pierre (as George Lewis)
Margaret Irving ... Mamie Gruen
Louis Natheaux ... E.D. Joblin - Store Owner
Barry Norton ... Carr
Lloyd Ingraham ... Trader Jim
Alberto Gandero Alberto Gandero ... Gandero - a Sailor (as Albert Gandero)
Harold Howard Harold Howard ... Guy Warren
Charles Moyer Charles Moyer ... 'Mac' McKenzie - a Sailor


In the South Seas, Bill Jones, captain of the schooner "Marigold", is known as Captain Calamity as he is quick to fight or frolic. Stone broke on the island of Quica and with his ship in need or re-stocking, Bill accepts an ancient Spanish doubloon from a young Australian named Carr in exchange for taking him to Tapillo, where Carr can take a ship to Sydney. Bill gives the doubloon to trader Joblin for supplies, and does not bother to correct the trader's impression that he has found a fabulous horde of pirate gold. With Madame Gruen, a slatternly jade who runs a waterfront boarding house, and Samson, her oily paramour, Joblin schemes to seize Captain Bill's supposed treasure trove. Together, they gather a a crew of cutthroats, led by Black Pierre, leader of the scum of the waterfront dives, to seize the treasure. Bill also meets Dr. Kelkey, loser in many bouts with a brandy bottle, and his ward, Madge Lewis, on a mission to find the man who murdered and robbed her father in Australia... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ROMANCE! THRILLS! GLORIOUS SONGS! With the Screen's Newest Singing Sensation in a Gripping Romantic Drama. See more »


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Release Date:

29 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Hurricane See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)


Color (Hirlicolor)| Black and White (16 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


George A. Hirliman wanted Lupita Tovar to appear in this film, but she ended up only appearing in the alternate language version, El capitan Tormenta (1936). See more »


When Captain Jones and Carr leave the first island, the first shots as they go to the boat show their shadows to right. When they get closer to Mike, their shadows (and Mike's) are now to the left. See more »


Madge Lewis: I've never seen such fine tattooing.
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Alternate-language version of El capitan Tormenta (1936) See more »


A Drunken Sailor
Written by Jack Stern and Harry Tobias
Sung by George Houston
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Truth in titling
10 December 2009 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Really bad story of a Captain who is paid with a gold coin for transporting a passenger to an island. When people find out that he has a gold coin they assume he has a treasure and well…

This film is a mess. As bad as it is, its also a watchable film in a so bad its good sort of way but its still a mess. Blame it almost all of the problems on the lead. George Houston as the Captain plays it with a smirk and a wink and completely destroys any credibility the film might have had. Trust me, as mediocre as the rest of the film Houston sinks the film single handedly because he's so jovial and joking and ever smiling that we can take nothing seriously. How did this guy ever have a career as anything other than a laughing idiot?

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