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Captain Calamity

USA 1936
produced by
George A. Hirliman for Grand National
directed by John Reinhardt
starring Marian Nixon, George Houston, Vince Barnett, Juan Torena, Movita, Crane Wilbur, George J.Lewis, Roy D'Arcy, Margaret Irving, Harold Howard, Barry Norton, Louis Natheaux, Lloyd Ingraham, Alberto Gandero, Charles Moyer
screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on a story by Gordon Ray Young, music supervision: Abe Meyer

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Some little port town, the South Seas: Captain Bill Jones (George Houston) of the Mari Gold is down on his luck, so much so actually that he can't even afford provisions for his next trip, let alone pay his trusted employees Mike (Juan Torena) and Burp (Vince Barnett). The only thing he has got is an old Spanish gold doubloon, so he figures he takes the gold into town to show it around and claim he has two more chests of gold aboard his ship, so people will grant him credit and even finance him an expedition to raise some more chests of gold from the sea ...

The plan works all too well: every sinister character in town believes Bill's little charade, including French sailor Black Pierre (George J.Lewis), gangster Samson (Roy D'Arcy), shady businessman Joblin (Harold Howard) and the local brothel madam (Margaret Irving). Only Bill's friend Dr Kelkey (Crane Wilbur) looks through Bill's little ploy, but goes along with it and soon enough brings Madge (Marian Nixon), a girl he looks after, to Bill's boat ... and Bill and Madge soon find themselves attracted to each other ...

Soon enough though, the gang of villains try to get Bill's gold, and since attempts to attack the Mari Gold head-on have failed they capture Mike's girlfriend Annana (Movita) and try to torture the whereabouts of the treasure out of her ... and when she doesn't tell, they kill her.

However, Black Pierre was also in love with Annana, and after seeing her dead, he leaves the gang of baddies and sides with Bill. A series of attacks and counter-attacks follows, in the course of which both Black Pierre and Doctor Kelkey lose their lives, but in the end, Bill and company have defeated their enemies and put gangster Samson, who has actually murdered Annana himself, under arrest - and Bill has his hands full stopping Mike from taking his revenge for the murdered Annana.

Of course, Bill succeeds, and in the end, of course in the end, we find Madge in his arms.


A light-hearted, under-budgeted South Seas-comedy with a slight adventure plot, shot in glorious (well, glorious for its day) CineColor. It's not the best film ever, nor a classic of the genre, but it works as likeably entertainment, that is probably forgotten as quickly as it is watched .


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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