Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.
Barry K. Barnes
A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »
A plastic surgeon dispatches his assistant to bring in a young woman who is scheduled to have a procedure done. Unfortunately, the assistant brings in the wrong woman. When his fiancée sees... See full summary »
A former boxing champion, now an innkeeper, is accused of stealing a watch from a party of guests at his inn, who happen to be members of English royalty. The old man is arrested and thrown... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
Davey Fenwick (Sir Michael Redgrave) leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with ... See full summary »
Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
Laura La Plante,
The film is based on two original British steamships, the SS Sirius and the SS Great Western. The SS Sirius was built in 1837 and was serving the London-Cork line until the quest for steam-crossing the Atlantic took her to this adventure. She had condensers which worked with fresh water which allowed less maintenance so quicker journeys. She sailed from Cork and arrived in New York in April 22nd. 1838 after a 18-day trip, only a day ahead of the SS Great Western, which had been specially built for the Atlantic steam crossing but left England (Avonmouth, near Bristol) four days later (so she was faster, but left later). In the film the Sirius, a working replica of which was built, is renamed Dog Star (as Sirius is the dog star), but keeps her original Royal Navy captain's name (Lt. Richard Roberts). The SS Savannah, an American ship, had been the first one to cross the Atlantic in 1819 from Savannah to Liverpool, only partially using steam power and with no passengers daring to embark considering it too dangerous. See more »
"Rulers of the Sea" is a heavily fictionalized account of the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic and how it came to be. And, as long as you don't expect it to be a history lesson, there's plenty to enjoy.
David Gillespie (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is the first mate on a sailing ship when the film begins. When a man dies aboard, he's disenchanted and wants to give up and get his own ship. Instead, he bumps into John Shaw (Will Fyffe)...a man with a dream of a steam ship able to cross the Atlantic. Previously, Robert Fulton's steam ship took its maiden voyage two decades earlier...but steam ships were only used for local travel as they were considered too unreliable and not powerful enough for cross-Atlantic travel. Togther, GIllespie and Shaw dedicate their lives to making this dream come true and the film ends with this maiden voyage.
There are a few things that make this a less than fabulous movie...such as Fairbanks' on again off again Scottish accent as well as the picture seeming a bit overlong. But on balance, it does manage to get you hooked and is a crowd pleaser. Pleasant and interesting despite the seeming dullness of such a picture.
By the way, if you do watch, look for a young Alan Ladd as a young sailor near the beginning of the movie.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this