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. ...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
"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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