The Captain Hates the Sea

The Captain Hates the Sea

Victor McLaglen
Director: Lewis Milestone Cast: Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
, Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson
, John Gilbert
John Gilbert
Lewis Milestone


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
UPC: 0043396385962
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 28,399

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
John Wray Mr. Jeddock
Emily Fitzroy Mrs. Griswold
Geneva Mitchell Miss Hackson
Donald Meek Josephs Bushmills
Luis Alberni Juan Gilboa
Akim Tamiroff Salazaro
Arthur Treacher Major Warringforth
Inez Courtney Flo
Moe Howard Orchestra
Larry Fine Orchestra
Claude Gillingwater Judge Griswold
G. Pat Collins Donlin

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director,Producer
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Gene Milford Editor
Wallace Smith Screenwriter

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