Souls At Sea


(out of 5)

 sits on trial for murder after being accused of killing passengers on a now sunken ship upon which he was captain. Initially declared guilty, a top ranking member of the British government appears in the early nineteenth century court and gives the real account of Cooper’s situation, that he was hired by the government as an undercover slaver in order to help the authorities bring down the evil trade for good. We then flash back to a seafaring adventure upon which Cooper and George Raft are sailors travelling the ocean and experiencing life, love and a sad accident that is the result of a very stupid child. The script is a shambles, but the special effects are most impressive for their day and the film has a light sense of fun to it that some might enjoy. Seeing Cooper, “America’s most beloved illiterate”, playing a man of letters is a comedy of its own.

Directed by Henry Hathaway

Screenplay by , , based on a story by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by Henry Hathaway, Grover Jones,

Music by ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson)
Best Assistant Director (Hal Walker)
Best Music (Scoring) (Paramount Studio Music Department, Boris Morros, head of department, score by W. Franke Harling, Milan Roder)



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