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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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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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Out of America's Glowing Past Comes the Mightiest Story of the Sea Ever Filmed! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Reading Hamlet aloud, Gary Cooper says, "the thousand natural shocks that the flesh is heir to." The second "the" is a mistake--it spoils the scansion. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor: Did you ever study strategy, Powdah?
Powdah: I never studied nothin'.
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Connections

Referenced in The Exterminating Angels (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang Boys Hang
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A very, very unusual film...and I'd have a hard time comparing it to anything else!
14 December 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Some of the events in "Souls at Sea" were inspired by a shipwreck in about 1840. However, despite appearances, it's clearly a highly fictionalized version of history and really doesn't claim to be a true story.

When the story begins, Nuggin (Gary Cooper) and Powdah* (George Raft) are serving aboard a slave ship. Although slavery was still legal in the States, it was illegal to import slaves...and the British navy enforced a blackade of slavers. If they caught them, the men serving aboard the slave ships were prosecuted...so you'd assume that the two men are evil. But you cannot have a film with slavers being the heroes...even back in 1937. Well, it turns out that Nuggin is actually working on his own as an anti-slaver....and he's had a history of scuttling these ships and setting the poor slaves free. As a result, he is made an undercover operative for the British...and his task involves getting to America as soon as possible to set a trap for other slave ships. But Nuggin's arch nemesis (Henry Wilcoxon) is also bound for the States to stop him...and they're aboard the same ship! What's next? Well, a lot!!

Apart from an interesting plot, the film benefits from good acting and some amazing shipwreck scenes....truly spectacular. Overall, a wonderful adventure film that isn't perfect (Raft seemed mostly wasted and in the way during most of the film), but is nevertheless well worth seeing.

* Who thought of these insane names?! Huh!??!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas en el mar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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