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Adventure's End (1937)

Pacific pearl diver Duke Slade escapes angry natives by joining a whaler whose dying captain persuades him to marry his daughter who is already being wooed by the first mate.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

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Ben Ames Williams (story), Ben Grauman Kohn (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Duke Slade
Diana Gibson ... Janet Drew
Montagu Love ... Capt. Abner Drew
Moroni Olsen ... Rand Husk
Paul White Paul White ... Kalo
Maurice Black ... Blackie
George Cleveland ... Tom
P.J. Kelly P.J. Kelly ... Matt (as Patrick J. Kelly)
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Slivers
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Hooten
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Hardy
William Sundholm William Sundholm ... Chips (as Oscar W. Sundholm)
Ben Carter ... Stantul, Black Sailor
Wally Howe Wally Howe ... Kierce
Jimmie Lucas Jimmie Lucas ... Flench, Black Cabin Boy
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Pacific pearl diver Duke Slade escapes angry natives by joining a whaler whose dying captain persuades him to marry his daughter who is already being wooed by the first mate.

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Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolta da Tripulação See more »

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Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rare but disappointing John Wayne sailing adventure
19 June 2019 | by silentfilm-2See all my reviews

ADVENTURE'S END (1937) is a very rare John Wayne film from the period before STAGECOACH (1939) before he was a major star. It is not "bad", but it is not a good film either. It was a Trem Carr production for Universal, so you know that the budget was pretty small. Still, for a movie that takes place almost entirely onboard a ship in the ocean, we see very few scenes actually shot on the water.

Wayne character is named "Duke" Slade (of course) and he's a pearl diver in the South Pacific or Caribbean (it's never really explained.). The local natives don't like him searching for pearls in their territory, so he decides that he will jump on a sailing schooner and work for his passage to New Bedford, Massachusetts. This does allow Wayne to spend most of the movie shirtless, so presumably his fans will be happy about that. His co-diver and companion is the teenage Kalo, who talks with an annoying Cockney accent, "Guvnor!". He is played by African-American actor Paul White. Kalo spends the entire movie blabbing to one character what another character is about to do, making the first character upset and forcing them to do something. If he had never boarded the ship it would have been a short and worry-free voyage.

Montague Love is unrecognizable as the ship's captain. He is dying and is worried that his ship will fall into the hands of his daughter's boyfriend, first mate Rand Husk (Moroni Olsen). Rand is at least twenty years older than her, and a bit indecisive. Seaman Blackie (Maurice Black) is stirring up a mutiny, as he wants to stay and search for pearls, which are much easier than hunting whales. Black easily gives the only convincing performance in the film. The captain's daughter Mary (Diana Gibson) is beautiful, but she really gives a wooden performance. The script doesn't help her though, as she is basically the prize (along with the ship) that most of the other characters fight over. The captain forces his daughter to marry Duke Wayne, I mean Duke Slade, to protect their family's ownership of the vessel, so it's a foregone conclusion a third of the way through the film that they will fall in love anyway by the end of the film. There is a lot of fighting and arguing, but you know how this film ends without me telling you.


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