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Ebb Tide (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1937 (USA)
Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

Director:

James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (based on a story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Oskar Homolka ... Capt. Jakob Therbecke
Frances Farmer ... Faith Wishart
Ray Milland ... Robert Herrick
Lloyd Nolan ... Attwater
Barry Fitzgerald ... Huish
Charles Judels ... Port Doctor
Charles Stevens ... Uncle Ned
David Torrence ... Tapena Tom
Lina Basquette ... Attwater's Servant
Harry Field Harry Field ... Tahiera
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Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Capt. Jakob Therbecke: Yeah, that's what I am; a tuppenny pirate. Not like you. You are a christian gentleman. You steal an island from the black man and a fortune from the government. And you've got bible talk on your lips, easy as butter. But inside, you've got nothing, you cold-blooded lunatic. Go on, shoot me, so you can read a good service over me.
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Version of Adventure Island (1947) See more »

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Ebb Tide
Words and Music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
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Fringe Circumstances
28 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The novel co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson is the basis for this lavish Paramount production which was to feature one of the white mountain studio's latest discoveries, Frances Farmer. Frances is the daughter of the late captain of a trading schooner in the South Seas which is in need of someone to take her to Sydney, Australia.

Who might fill the bill is Oscar Homolka who is a beached captain on a South Sea Isle barely scratching out an existence as a beachcomber along with pals, Ray Milland and Barry Fitzgerald. All three of these guys have a sad tale to tell as to how they came to such fringe circumstances of existence.

When Homolka is hired he takes the other two along and they've got different ideas about the direction of the ship and what to do with her cargo which is cases of champagne. A whole lot of drama happens on the schooner before they arrive at an island ruled by Lloyd Nolan who is a bible spouting psychotic who has the natives cowed. The sight of Farmer gets his hormones in an uproar as if the other three don't have those same issues as well.

Ebb Tide is a film badly in need of restoration. I saw a bootleg print of it and the sound could use a little enhancement as well. Oscar Homolka was billed with courtesy to British Gaumont Pictures where he had recently starred in Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. I'd love to know whose brilliant idea at Paramount's to have Homolka shave those trademark bushy eyebrows. I could hardly believe it was him.

Farmer was beautiful, but she wanted roles of substance as she complained in those famous memoirs of her's Will There Ever Be a Morning. Ebb Tide didn't provide her with it, but Lloyd Nolan did wonders with his role. His was a subtle performance, he conveyed so much by underplaying the fanaticism of his character.

Hopefully Ebb Tide will be earmarked for restoration and soon.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tajfun See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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