Tiger Shark

Overview

It is difficult to determine who is the more ferocious character in this film: The real shark seen in the underwater sequences, or star Edward G. Robinson. Robinson plays a Portuguese tuna boat skipper--the self-styled "best dam' fisherman in the Pacific"--who years earlier had lost his hand to a shark while rescuing best friend Richard Arlen. Robinson promises to look after the daughter Zita Johann of a recently deceased crew member. He proposes marriage; she accepts, more out of gratitude than love. The girl ...
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Overview

It is difficult to determine who is the more ferocious character in this film: The real shark seen in the underwater sequences, or star Edward G. Robinson. Robinson plays a Portuguese tuna boat skipper--the self-styled "best dam' fisherman in the Pacific"--who years earlier had lost his hand to a shark while rescuing best friend Richard Arlen. Robinson promises to look after the daughter Zita Johann of a recently deceased crew member. He proposes marriage; she accepts, more out of gratitude than love. The girl eventually falls for Robinson's pal Arlen, who wants to break off the relationship before Robinson gets hurt. But Robinson catches the lovers together, and vows to kill Arlen. In attempting to throw his ex-friend to the sharks, Robinson is accidentally pulled overboard to his own death. Warner Bros. would unofficially remake Tiger Shark several times over the next ten years; while the professions of the two leading male characters would change, the basic "triangle" plot remained the same.
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Editorial Reviews

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Legend has it that director Howard Hawks filmed Tiger Shark for Warner Brothers while on a fishing trip in Hawaii. Despite the off-handed nature of the production, the film -- based on the play, They Knew What They Wanted -- still manages to touch upon many of Hawks' signature themes. There's a morally complex love triangle, an examination of trust and loyalty, and the impending doom of an outside instrument of death (the sharks). Tiger Shark's driving story line is delivered in a typically Hawksian, no-nonsense style; the fishing scenes are highly charged and very realistic, significant for a film made in the 1930s. Two years after his breakthrough role in Little Caesar (1930), Edward G. Robinson proves his versatility as the Portuguese tuna boat skipper with a bitter, resentful side.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 883316221938
  • Original Release: 1932
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,264

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Capt. Mike Mascarenhas
Richard Arlen Pipes Boley
Zita Johann Quita Silva
Leila Bennett Muggsy
J. Carrol Naish Tony
Vince Barnett Fishbone
William Ricciardi Manuel Silva
Edwin Maxwell Doctor
Henry Armetta
Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Raymond Griffith Producer
Jack Okey Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Pratt Editor
Wells Root Screenwriter
Richard Rosson Asst. Director
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