Souls at Sea (1937)
Much of the action in this high-seas adventure is set aboard a slaving boat and centers upon its first mate (Gary Cooper), a young man who secretly supports the abolition of slavery. A failed mutiny in which the captain is killed leaves the first mate in charge of the vessel. His first act as captain is to free the slaves. Later a British navy ship sails up and the first mate allows them to board. As a result the mate and his pal (George Raft) are arrested and tried in Liverpool for mutiny. The two are acquitted due to lack of evidence. After the trial, navy intelligence approaches him and asks him to help them put a permanent end to the slave trade. The two friends board an American bound vessel. During the voyage something goes horribly wrong and the former first mate ends up in control of a single lifeboat where he must make a controversial but vital decision. … More
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