The Captain Hates the Sea

Overview

It's Grand Hotel on the high seas, with a remarkable cast -- particularly for the usually parsimonious Columbia Pictures. As irascible captain Helquist Walter Connolly pilots his boat along the Atlantic, an assortment of subplots involving a vast array of characters play themselves out. Among the passengers are bond-thief Checkett Fred Keating and his girlfriend Janet Grayson Helen Vinson, private detective Schulte Victor McLaglen, "fallen woman" Mrs. Jeddock Wynne Gibson, and her unforgiving husband. In his ...
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Overview

It's Grand Hotel on the high seas, with a remarkable cast -- particularly for the usually parsimonious Columbia Pictures. As irascible captain Helquist Walter Connolly pilots his boat along the Atlantic, an assortment of subplots involving a vast array of characters play themselves out. Among the passengers are bond-thief Checkett Fred Keating and his girlfriend Janet Grayson Helen Vinson, private detective Schulte Victor McLaglen, "fallen woman" Mrs. Jeddock Wynne Gibson, and her unforgiving husband. In his final film appearance, former silent-screen idol John Gilbert gives an outstanding performance as pugnacious hard-drinking reporter Steve Bramley, forever putting the lie to the legend that he failed in talkies because his voice was inadequate. The Three Stooges also show up as musicians -- but only Larry has any lines spoken in a Yiddish accent!. The story goes that Lewis Milestone filmed the picture on a real ocean liner to prevent John Gilbert and the other imbibers in the cast from having easy access to liquor -- a plan doomed to failure when someone smuggled several cases of booze on board. As the production went way past its budget and schedule, Columbia's business manager sent an urgent wire to Milestone: HURRY UP--THE COST IS STAGGERING. Milestone's answer: SO IS THE CAST.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • UPC: 043396385962
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,107

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor McLaglen Schulte
Helen Vinson Janet Grayson
John Gilbert Steve Bramley
Alison Skipworth Mrs. Magruder
Wynne Gibson Mrs. Jeddock
Walter Connolly Capt. Helquist
Fred Keating Danny Checkett
Tala Birell Gerta Klargi
Leon Errol Layton
Walter Catlett Joe Silvers
Luis Alberni Juan Gilboa
G. Pat Collins Donlin
Inez Courtney Flo
Larry Fine Orchestra
Emily Fitzroy Mrs. Griswold
Claude Gillingwater Judge Griswold
Moe Howard Orchestra
Donald Meek Josephs Bushmills
Geneva Mitchell Miss Hackson
The Three Stooges
Akim Tamiroff Salazaro
Arthur Treacher Major Warringforth
John Wray Mr. Jeddock
Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director, Producer
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Gene Milford Editor
Wallace Smith Screenwriter
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