The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)

The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)





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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.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Victor McLaglen
as Junius P. Schulte
Wynne Gibson
as Mrs. Jeddock
Alison Skipworth
as Yolanda Magruder
John Gilbert
as Steve Bramley
Walter Connolly
as Capt. Helquist
Helen Vinson
as Janet Grayson
Fred Keating
as Danny Checkett
Tala Birell
as Gerta Klargi
Leon Errol
as Layton
Walter Catlett
as Joe Silvers
Donald Meek
as Josephs Bushmills
John Wray
as Mr. Jeddock
Emily Fitzroy
as Mrs. Griswold
Arthur Treacher
as Major Warringforth
Akim Tamiroff
as Salazaro
Geneva Mitchell
as Miss Hackson
Claude Gillingwater
as Judge Griswold
Luis Alberni
as Juan Gilboa
Moe Howard
as Orchestra
Larry Fine
as Orchestra
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Critic Reviews for The Captain Hates the Sea

All Critics (2)

A neglected gem.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wonderful comedy which offers solid proof John Gilbert was more than capable of acting in a sound film.

July 22, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Captain Hates the Sea

Mediocre programmer was the end of the line for John Gilbert, the great silent matinee idol reduced to a supporting role. His part is minor and he doesn't look bad for a 50 year old man, the problem is that he was only 35 when this was filmed. Beside his involvement this is a minor picture with a muddled script that Milestone can't make come alive.

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