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Ebb Tide (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1937 (USA)
Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

Director:

James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (based on a story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Oskar Homolka ... Capt. Jakob Therbecke
Frances Farmer ... Faith Wishart
Ray Milland ... Robert Herrick
Lloyd Nolan ... Attwater
Barry Fitzgerald ... Huish
Charles Judels ... Port Doctor
Charles Stevens ... Uncle Ned
David Torrence ... Tapena Tom
Lina Basquette ... Attwater's Servant
Harry Field Harry Field ... Tahiera
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Three shifty sailors commandeer a smallpox-ridden boat and set out to sea. A typhoon washes them ashore on a faraway Pacific island, which is ruled by a white religious fanatic (Lloyd Nolan) who has set himself up as the local god.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tajfun See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Capt. Jakob Therbecke: Yeah, that's what I am; a tuppenny pirate. Not like you. You are a christian gentleman. You steal an island from the black man and a fortune from the government. And you've got bible talk on your lips, easy as butter. But inside, you've got nothing, you cold-blooded lunatic. Go on, shoot me, so you can read a good service over me.
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Version of Adventure Island (1947) See more »

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Ebb Tide
Words and Music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
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Frances Farmer's only technicolor film
26 March 2001 | by jmk56See all my reviews

One of the strangest films to come from a major studio during the golden era of Hollywood, "Ebb Tide" was promoted as "the first South Seas drama in COLOR", and boasts an eclectic (to say the least) cast, including Oscar Homolka (in his US feature debut), Frances Farmer (in her only color film), Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald and Lloyd Nolan. Dour, pessimistic, and full of tortured close-ups of Homolka grimacing, this was probably not what movie-goers of 1937 were expecting. On the plus-side, the performances are riveting (though Homolka is difficult to understand at times), and the chance to see the ravishing Farmer in Technicolor splendor is worth wading through a turgid plot involving three ne'er-do-wells shanghaing a quarantined ship to the tropical paradise island of Tehua, where they meet madman Lloyd Nolan. There's also an exciting storm sequence which was the "Perfect Storm" of its day. Based on a story co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The only broadcast print in wide circulation is edited and is badly in need of color correction.


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