The Sin Ship (1931) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sin Ship (1931)





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Taking on a beautiful female passenger for a nice fee, a brutal sea captain keeps her safe from his scurvy mates then unexpectedly becomes romantically involved. Co-star and director Louis Wollheim might have gone on to greater success had he not passed away after making this sea-roving melodrama.


Mary Astor
as Kitty Marsden
Ian Keith
as Marsden
Louis Wolheim
as Capt. McVeigh
Hugh Herbert
as Charlie
Russ Powell
as Tourist/Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Sin Ship

All Critics (2)

All of the faults of The Sin Ship as entertainment are not to be attributed to direction alone, however. The story, too, is largely to blame.

July 22, 2020 | Full Review…

A contrived melodrama.

June 27, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sin Ship

Despite only being 65 minutes long and its suggestive title, this movie moves at a snail's pace, and is a complete snooze. The movie was briefly interesting when Mary Astor's character revealed she had only been acting when she told the ship captain off when he made advances towards her (and her husband, masking as a reverend, is a bank robber on the run), but it doesn't go anywhere afterwards. There are scenes that are dragged out excessively, reflecting a very weak script and a novice director (actually Louis Wolheim, who also plays the captain). It's mystifying to me how anyone could like it, as there are far better and more enjoyable movies from this time period.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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