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Sea Devils (1937)

Passed | | Action | 19 February 1937 (USA)
Brash young Coast Guardsman Mike O'Shay and much-decorated CPO 'Medals' Malone hate each other even before they meet, and their enmity isn't helped by O'Shay's attraction to Doris, Medals' ... See full summary »


Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)


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Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... CPO William 'Medals' Malone
Preston Foster ... Michael 'Mike' O'Shay
Ida Lupino ... Doris Malone
Donald Woods ... Steve Webb
Helen Flint ... Sadie Bennett
Gordon Jones ... Puggy
Pierre Watkin ... USS Taroe Commander
Murray Alper ... Seaman Brown
Billy Gilbert ... Billy (policeman)
Charles Prince Charles Prince ... Secondary Supporting Role


Brash young Coast Guardsman Mike O'Shay and much-decorated CPO 'Medals' Malone hate each other even before they meet, and their enmity isn't helped by O'Shay's attraction to Doris, Medals' daughter. Medals has plans for Doris to marry officer's candidate Steve, and does everything he can to keep Mike and Doris apart. When Steve is seriously injured on an iceberg demolition assignment because Malone and O'Shay are fighting, courts martial are in order. Malone swears he'll say anything to get O'Shay drummed out of the service, but whose story will the officers believe? Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coast Patrol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Sunday 17 June 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2); it soon became a popular local favorite as it first aired in Asheville NC Thursday 21 June 1956 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Philadelphia Sunday 22 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona Wednesday 8 August 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Memphis Sunday 25 August 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in both New York City and in San Francisco Saturday 6 October 1956 on WRCA (Channel 4) and on KPIX (Channel 5), in New Haven Friday 2 November 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Pittsburgh Friday 30 November 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Boston Friday 7 December 1956 on WNAC (Channel 7), and in Milwaukee Friday 21 December 1956 on WITI (Channel 6). See more »


Keep a sharp eye on the scene when Mike O'Shay escapes from the brig by tricking a fellow seaman, the key was already in the cell lock - he could have gotten out at any time he wanted! See more »

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A silly plot, but the coast guard procedures and special effects are worth a look.
22 March 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The only reason to see this film is for the nice special effects involving a yacht being pounded against a reef in a hurricane and the way the coast guard rescues its passengers. I also enjoyed their mission to explode an iceberg. But I could have done without the brawling of Victor McLaglen and Preston Foster, which propelled the silly plot and just served to kill time between the action. I never did understand why servicemen fight so much in films of the 30's. Seeing a young Ida Lupino was also delightful and the comedy provided by Billy Gilbert and McLaglen's relationship with saloon owner Helen Flint helped a bit.

The film is dedicated to the men of the coast guard, who often risk their lives to effect a rescue of distressed ships at sea.

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