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I Conquer the Sea! (1936)

The captain of a fishing boat loses his arm while out at sea. He determines not to let the loss ruin his life and goes back to sea as a one-armed sailor.


Victor Halperin


Richard Carroll (story and adaptation), Howard Higgin (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Steffi Duna ... Rosita Gonzales
Dennis Morgan ... Tommy Ashley (as Stanley Morner)
Douglas Walton ... Leonard Ashley
George Cleveland ... Caleb Ashley
E. Alyn Warren ... Sebastian (as Fred Warren)
Anna De Linsky Anna De Linsky ... Mrs. Maria Gonzalez (as Madame Delinsky)
Johnnie Pirrone Jr. Johnnie Pirrone Jr. ... Pedro Gonzales (as John Pironne)
Charles McMurphy Charles McMurphy ... Zack
Jimmy Hertz Jimmy Hertz ... Tiny (as Jim Hertz)
Olin Francis ... Gabe
Gino Corrado ... Portugese Man with Three Wives
Albert Russell Albert Russell ... Josh
Frederick Peters ... Stubby


The captain of a fishing boat loses his arm while out at sea. He determines not to let the loss ruin his life and goes back to sea as a one-armed sailor.

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Release Date:

24 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sea Bandits See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Chicago Saturday 5 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in New York City Tuesday 4 January 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Wednesday 6 July 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 19 October 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Steffi Duna's character is named Rosita Gonzalez and she's meant to be a Portuguese girl. However, the surname is clearly Spanish. See more »

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Aside from one bad performance, a very good film--especially since it has such a very low budget.
17 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"I Conquer the Sea!" is a great example of a film that was made by a so-called 'Poverty Row Studio' and yet it manages to work exceptionally well despite the lower budget and lesser-known stars. The only big star (Dennis Morgan) was NOT a star at the time the film was made and he goes by his real name, Stanley Morner. Aside from him, the rest are relative unknowns. Most of them did a great job, though the star, Steffi Duna, was very weak.

The film is set in a whaling town. While whaling and whalers are not politically correct in the much more sensitive 21st century, the film is a valuable piece of history--giving us some actual footage of what it was like to hunt whales for a living in the 1930s--when the industry was nearly dead.

Tommy Ashley (Morgan--in his first film) is in love with a Portuguese-American lady, Rosita (Duna). However, her love for him seems a bit less intense. She cares about him but doesn't seem in love with him. Still, she does care about him and agrees to marry him. The problem is that in the meantime, Tommy's nice brother, Leonard (Douglas Walton) is really, really sweet and soon Rosita falls head over heels for Leonard and vice-versa. But, Leonard is very loyal to his brother and cannot allow himself to fall for Rosita. And, to make it worse, Tommy gets maimed in a whaling accident and the notion of Rosita and Leonard getting married is too much for them to do and Rosita resigns herself to marrying Tommy and not the man she really loves. However, nice-guy Tommy learns about this and decides to take matters in his own hands...I mean hand.

The film works well because the stock footage of whaling is integrated extremely well into the film. Additionally, there was a really nice reverence for the men and their work that made the film rather inspiring and sweet. Well worth seeing and nearly good enough to earn an 8.

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