Corsair

Overview

Of interest mainly because of the talent involved, this film remains a tepid bootleg melodrama about a small-town football hero attempting to prove that he is as ruthless as his rich girlfriend's father. Spoiled Alison Corning Alison Loyd persuades her Wall Street banker father Emmett Corrigan to hire her newest beau, gridiron star John Hawkes Chester Morris. Hawkes, however, does not approve of the banker's heartless business practices and is fired for refusing to sell questionable stock. To get back at Corning,...
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Overview

Of interest mainly because of the talent involved, this film remains a tepid bootleg melodrama about a small-town football hero attempting to prove that he is as ruthless as his rich girlfriend's father. Spoiled Alison Corning Alison Loyd persuades her Wall Street banker father Emmett Corrigan to hire her newest beau, gridiron star John Hawkes Chester Morris. Hawkes, however, does not approve of the banker's heartless business practices and is fired for refusing to sell questionable stock. To get back at Corning, John and his tipsy sidekick Chub Hopping Frank McHugh, go into business together, hijacking the bootleg cargo of gangster Big John Fred Kohler and selling the contraband to Corning. Big John, as it turns out, is employed by the banker, who is thus made to pay for his own liquor twice. A couple of gang members, Slim Ned Sparks and Sophie Mayo Methot, conspire with Hawkes to doublecross Big John and are killed for their efforts. Despite the ruthlessness of the gangster and his henchman Fish Face Frank Rice, Hawkes manages to get the upper hand, proving once and for all that he is the banker's equal and worthy of Alison's love. Corsair which was the name of Chester Morris' pirate vessel was produced at Catalina Island by silent screen director Roland West as a showcase for for his girlfriend Thelma Todd. A gifted comedienne, Todd was made to change her name to Alison Loyd for the occasion, but producer-director West gave her very little to work with, and she quickly returned to her former employer, comedy king Hal Roach. West, who had helmed a couple of interesting silent melodramas, ended his screen career with Corsair, opening instead a restaurant with Todd as his partner. The Thelma Todd Sidewalk Café on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica remained a popular industry hangout until Todd's mysterious death in 1935 from carbon monoxide poisoning in a garage belonging to Roland West's estranged wife, silent screen actress Jewel Carmen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • UPC: 842614104978
  • Original Release: 1931
  • Source: Grapevine Video
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chester Morris John Hawks
William Austin Richard Bentinck
Frank McHugh "Chub" Hopping
Emmett Corrigan Stephen Corning
Fred Kohler Big John
Frank Rice Fish Face
Ned Sparks Slim
Mayo Methot Sophie
Thelma Todd Alison Corning
Technical Credits
Roland West Director, Producer
Ray June Cinematographer
Hal Kern Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
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