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Mutiny on the Elsinore (1937)

The Mutiny of the Elsinore (original title)
The story of a surly crew, an honest God-fearing captain, a hardboiled-but-loyal Scotch mate, a scoundrelly second-mate, and then a mutiny, the fight and the final voyage to a safe harbor. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Paul Lukas ... Jack Pethurst
Lyn Harding ... Mr. Pike
Kathleen Kelly Kathleen Kelly ... Margaret West
Clifford Evans ... Bert Rhyne
Michael Martin Harvey Michael Martin Harvey ... Charles Davis
William Devlin William Devlin ... O'Sullivan
Graham Soutten Graham Soutten ... Sidney Waltham, alias Mellaire the Mate (as Ben Soutten)
Conway Dixon Conway Dixon ... Captain West
Pat Noonan Pat Noonan ... Murphy
Tony Sympson Tony Sympson ... Shorty Peabody
Hamilton Keene Hamilton Keene ... Twist
Alec Fraser Alec Fraser ... Benson
Jiro Soneya Jiro Soneya ... Wada, the Cabin Boy


The story of a surly crew, an honest God-fearing captain, a hardboiled-but-loyal Scotch mate, a scoundrelly second-mate, and then a mutiny, the fight and the final voyage to a safe harbor. But not before the Captain has been murdered, his pretty daughter in peril, her rescue by the single passenger on board, and a member of the crew thrown overboard by another crew member. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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JACK LONDON'S thrilling sea classic! (original poster)


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Release Date:

15 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutiny on the Elsinore See more »

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John Argyle Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film received its television premiere Thursday October 26, 1939 on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS. Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 27 July 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Sunday 11 September 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Cincinnati Tuesday 20 September on WKRC (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Friday 7 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 9 October 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Kansas City MO Thursday 24 November 1949 on WDAF (Channel 4). See more »


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Paul Lucas...action hero(???).
7 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Mutiny on the Elsinore" is a film that really shocked me. It was a relatively low budget British film that had fallen into the public domain....not exactly a recipe for a cracking good film. But, despite this, the film was exceptionally well made and unique.

When the film begins, the folks on a four-masted sailing ship are waiting for a passenger. Inexplicably, a writer, Jack Pethurst (Paul Lukas), wanted to be aboard and write about life on one of these old boats. At first, he's horrified by how brutal the first mate is. But, slowly he begins to see that this brutality might me necessary as there are many ingredients for a potential mutiny--such as the lazy communist-like seaman, the crazed Irishman bent on murder, an actual murderer hiding among the crew and more.

The most amazing thing about this film is seeing the Hungarian actor, Lukas, playing a bit of an action hero! It's also amazing to see him, for a time, as the Captain of the vessel!! How could this be? Well, see the film. As for the film itself, it's very exciting, has some wonderful acting and is just darn good entertainment.

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