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Souls at Sea (1937)

Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.


Henry Hathaway


Grover Jones (screen play), Dale Van Every (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor
George Raft ... Powdah
Frances Dee ... Margaret Tarryton
Henry Wilcoxon ... Lieutenant Stanley Tarryton
Harry Carey ... Captain of 'William Brown'
Olympe Bradna ... Babsie
Robert Cummings ... George Martin
Porter Hall ... Court Prosecutor
George Zucco ... Barton Woodley
Virginia Weidler ... Tina
Joseph Schildkraut ... Gaston de Bastonet
Gilbert Emery ... Captain Martisel
Lucien Littlefield ... Toymaker
Paul Fix ... Violinist
Tully Marshall ... Pecora


Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

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STARK DRAMA NO FICTION CAN EQUAL! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Arcadia Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - October 20, 1946 - all caps) See more »


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Finnish censorship visa #020880. See more »


Reading Hamlet aloud, Gary Cooper says, "the thousand natural shocks that the flesh is heir to." The second "the" is a mistake--it spoils the scansion. See more »


Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor: Well, how many times have you been chased by a policeman?
Powdah: More times than you can count.
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Referenced in The Exterminating Angels (2006) See more »


Hang Boys Hang
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Repeat viewings and on-going appreciation
17 September 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

SOULS AT SEA was a rather popular film in its day. So popular in fact that Laurel & Hardy spoofed it in their comedy reworking of the original story, called SAPS AT SEA. So it's a bit unfortunate that this Paramount classic from the late 1930s seems to be slipping into gradual obscurity. It is certainly worthy of repeat viewings and on-going appreciation.

The great thing about this production is that the executives at Paramount decided to put two of its biggest male stars at that time into the lead roles. And in fact, it would be the only time that Gary Cooper and George Raft ever appeared in a movie together. They are superb. Meanwhile, Virginia Weidler fans will enjoy seeing her corner the market on tomboys, singing and telling stories– some from books, mostly fibs. And the rest of the supporting cast, particularly Henry Wilcoxon, also help make this an outstanding film.

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Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas en el mar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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