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Slave Ship (1937)





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This period adventure drama was directed by Tay Garnett and adapted from a story by William Faulkner. The skipper of a slave trading vessel operating along the West African coast in 1860, Captain Jim Lovett (Warner Baxter) is troubled by his flesh-peddling trade. He's marrying the beautiful Nancy Marlowe (Elizabeth Allan) and wants to replace his morally-indefensible business with a more respectable foray into standard goods shipping. So he orders his first mate, Jack Thompson (Wallace Beery) to fire most of the crew and replace them with new hands. However, the ship's swabbies are accustomed to their lucrative line of work and, under the sway of the greedy Lefty (George Sanders), they mutiny, resulting in high seas histrionics and swashbuckling sword fights, with comedy relief provided by Mickey Rooney as Swifty the cabin boy. Lon Chaney, Jr. appears unbilled in the film's opening, where his character is crushed during a ship's launching.


Warner Baxter
as Jim Lovett
Wallace Beery
as Jack Thompson
Elizabeth Allan
as Nancy Marlowe
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Marlowe
Jane Jones
as Ma Belcher
J.P. McGowan
as Helmsman
Chester Gan
as Crew Member
Bobby Dunn
as Crew Member
Jack Low
as Crew Member
John Bleifer
as Crew Member
Sven Hugo Borg
as Crew Member
DeWitt Jennings
as Snodgrass
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
as Black Boy on Pier
Eddie Dunn
as Ostler
Russ Clark
as Laborer
Herbert Heywood
as Sea Captain
Winter Hall
as Minister
Anita Brown
as Slave Woman
Dewey Robinson
as Bartender
Tom Kennedy
as Bartender
Edwin Maxwell
as Auctioneer
Marilyn Knowlden
as Christener at Launching
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Slave Ship is a combination of hokum romance, fair acting, good melodrama, and superb camera work.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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