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Captain Scarface (1953)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 15 October 1953 (USA)
A man desperate to leave South America books passage on a freighter, and learns that the captain has made plans to force a scientist to participate in a mission of destruction.


Paul Guilfoyle


Charles Lang (original story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... Captain Scarface
Virginia Grey ... Elsa
Leif Erickson ... Sam (as Lief Erickson)
Peter Coe ... Perro
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Yeager
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Mr. Dilts
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Dilts
Paul Brinegar ... Clegg
Don Dillaway ... Crofton
Martin Garralaga ... Manuel
John Mylong ... Kroll


The Banos has exploded and sunk at sea, but another freighter, also called the Banos, is now loading at a South American port, under the command of a man known as 'Captain Scarface'. On shore at the Los Rios Hotel, a number of passengers are waiting to board the ship. Sam Wilton is in trouble, and needs to get back to the USA quickly. Ilse Yeager is waiting to be reunited with her father, who arrives with Mr. Kroll, an associate of Captain Scarface. A man named Clegg, who has just completed some work for the captain, also arrives and demands money from Kroll. Meanwhile, the captain is expecting Dr. Yeager, whom he plans to force into helping him on a mission of destruction. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

15 October 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the boat "Los Baños" means "the bathrooms" in Spanish. See more »


Leif Erickson's first name is misspelled in the credits as "Lief". See more »

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Good B-Grade Action Feature
23 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a good B-grade action feature that makes good use of an involved story of intrigue. It's an example of how low-budget, shabby looking sets can actually help the atmosphere if they go with the right story, and meanwhile the story itself moves at a decent pace as things gradually unfold.

Barton MacLane and Leif Erickson are the stars and antagonists. MacLane is "Captain Scarface", who is masterminding an evil and destructive scheme, while Erickson is a character designed as a Bogart-type antihero who finds himself in the right place and time to try to stop it. Erickson is solid in his role, while MacLane seems to relish his slightly outlandish character, making him interesting and menacing, if not always fully believable.

All of the action takes place either at a shabby-looking port-side hotel or on the captain's equally rundown-looking freighter. The no-frills look of both sets makes them believable and helps the atmosphere, since putting the characters in such settings implicitly makes them too seem rather small and tattered.

The story itself is easily interesting enough to hold your attention for the running time of slightly more than an hour. The actual plot of the bad guys comes across as somewhat far-fetched, but it is mostly a device to drive the intrigue. The story telling has a few rough edges, as can sometimes be the case with movies of this kind, but it has more than enough pluses to cancel these out. It's definitely worth seeing if you like movies of the genre.

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