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Souls at Sea (1937)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 3 September 1937 (USA)
Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Grover Jones (screen play), Dale Van Every (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor
George Raft ... Powdah
Frances Dee ... Margaret Tarryton
Henry Wilcoxon ... Lieutenant Stanley Tarryton
Harry Carey ... Captain of 'William Brown'
Olympe Bradna ... Babsie
Robert Cummings ... George Martin
Porter Hall ... Court Prosecutor
George Zucco ... Barton Woodley
Virginia Weidler ... Tina
Joseph Schildkraut ... Gaston de Bastonet
Gilbert Emery ... Captain Martisel
Lucien Littlefield ... Toymaker
Paul Fix ... Violinist
Tully Marshall ... Pecora
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Storyline

Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

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Taglines:

Men Against The Sea ! Stark Drama No Fiction Can Equal ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas en el mar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward Van Sloan is cast as "Ship's Officer" in this film according to Studio records as reported by the AFI Catalog, but he was not seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

Gary Cooper says he will not be a stool pigeon. See more »

Quotes

Powdah: I'm cheap. I'm no good. I'm nothin'. I even stole a piece of poetry to tell you you was beautiful.
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Connections

Referenced in Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Polka Time
Written by Unknown
Performed by Virginia Weidler
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Repeat viewings and on-going appreciation
17 September 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

SOULS AT SEA was a rather popular film in its day. So popular in fact that Laurel & Hardy spoofed it in their comedy reworking of the original story, called SAPS AT SEA. So it's a bit unfortunate that this Paramount classic from the late 1930s seems to be slipping into gradual obscurity. It is certainly worthy of repeat viewings and on-going appreciation.

The great thing about this production is that the executives at Paramount decided to put two of its biggest male stars at that time into the lead roles. And in fact, it would be the only time that Gary Cooper and George Raft ever appeared in a movie together. They are superb. Meanwhile, Virginia Weidler fans will enjoy seeing her corner the market on tomboys, singing and telling stories– some from books, mostly fibs. And the rest of the supporting cast, particularly Henry Wilcoxon, also help make this an outstanding film.


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