The Sea Spoilers (1936)

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    • The Sea Spoilers (1936)

      THE SEA SPOILERS

      DIRECTED BY FRANK STRAYER
      PRODUCED BY TREM CARR/PAUL MALVERN
      UNIVERSAL PICTURES


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Bob Randall, temporarily in command of the Coast Guard vessel Niobe,
      expects a promotion and the captaincy of his ship.
      Instead, he is replaced by Lieutenant Mays, son of the area commander.
      Mays is afflicted with a fear of the sea, although he has served well in Coast Guard aviation.
      His father, however, thinks Mays can overcome his fear by taking command of the Niobe.
      When seal poachers kidnap Bob Randall's girlfriend Connie,
      Bob and Mays disagree about the proper means of rescuing her
      and capturing the seal poachers. When Mays's inexperience and phobia
      foil their attempts at rescue, Bob comes up with his own plan.
      Written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... 'Bos'n' Bob Randall
      Nan Grey .... Connie Dawson
      William Bakewell .... Lieut. Commander Mays
      Fuzzy Knight .... Hogan
      Russell Hicks .... Phil Morgan
      George Irving .... Commander Mays
      Lotus Long .... Marie
      Harry Worth .... Nick Austin
      Ernest Hilliard .... Reggie
      George Humbert .... Johnny 'Hop-Scotch'
      Ethan Laidlaw .... Louie
      Chester Gan .... Oil
      Cy Kendall .... Detective
      Harrison Greene .... Fats
      Hal Price .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Harry Tenbrook .... Henchman (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Dorrell McGowan story
      Stuart E. McGowan story (as Stuart McGowan)
      George Waggner screenplay

      Cinematography
      Edward Snyder
      Archie Stout

      Trivia
      Unknown

      Goofs
      Unknown

      Filming Locations
      Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Sea Spoilers is a 1936 American drama film starring John Wayne.

      This was the 1st, in the 6 picture Universal deal,
      and it was not a happy time ,as the films were mediocre,
      but things were about to change, because, just after
      Duke returned to Republic, for The Three Mesquiteers,
      and thereafter Stagecoach.

      Duke is Boatswain Bob Randall, looking for seal poachers and his kidnapped sweetheart.
      Ironically in this film Duke talks to Mabel the seal, in a very similar way,
      he was to talk, 'Baby' later in Blood Alley (1955)

      The action films, were entertaining, but were cheaply made, and proved to be
      disappointing at the box office.
      They could not compete, with pictures that were now, receiving bigger budgets.



      User Review
      That Aleutian Hideaway,
      27 October 2007
      6/10
      Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

      Sea Spoilers finds John Wayne as the commanding officer of a Coast Guard Cutter on duty in the Pacific Northwest looking for seal poachers. This was the first of six films that Wayne did in 1936-1937 for Universal in an effort to broaden his acting horizons. Not one of these B films for Universal was a western.

      It gets real personal after Wayne's sweetheart, Nan Grey, witnesses the murder of a drunken playboy on his yacht. The playboy, Ernest Hilliard realizes he's been the dupe of these seal poachers for some time and threatens to spill to the authorities. The head of the outfit, Russell Hicks, has a thing for Grey and instead of just killing the only witness, kidnaps her and takes her to his Aleutian hideaway.

      In the meantime Wayne also has been superseded in command of his vessel by William Bakewell who is the son of the commanding officer George Irving. Believe it or not Bakewell has a phobia about water and wants to be in the air. He eventually gets his wish, but the villains capture him for his trouble.

      Sea Spoilers is a competently made action film and the final battle with the Coast Guard and the poachers is very well staged, especially considering this is a B film. Fuzzy Knight fulfills the role of sidekick, just as if this were a western. He and the Duke worked well together, a pity he didn't do any more films with Wayne other than Shepherd of the Hills.

      I have a hard time though wrapping my mind around the concept of a Coast Guardsman with a water phobia. It's explained, but how did Bakewell get in the service in the first place even with a father that had a lot of pull? And did Russell Hicks have that bad a thing for Nan Grey?

      Sea Spoilers could have used a better story. Still it's not a bad action film and some of the westerns the Duke was doing for Lone Star films were a whole lot worse at this time.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: The Sea Spoilers (1936)

      Robbie,
      Strange as it may be, these six films do not seem
      to be on general release!! Well at least in the UK!

      4 of them,
      The Sea Spoilers, Conflict,
      I Cover the War and Idol of the Crowds

      are available as special John Wayne Film Society releases.

      Califonia Straight Ahead I taped off TV

      but no appearance yet of

      Adventure's End!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: The Sea Spoilers (1936)

      The first poster is the same as you see up in Keith's introductory post, maybe with a little more color. The second one is a 1948 re-issue.
      Files
    • Re: The Sea Spoilers (1936)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Robbie,
      Strange as it may be, these six films do not seem
      to be on general release!! Well at least in the UK!

      4 of them,
      The Sea Spoilers, Conflict,
      I Cover the War and Idol of the Crowds

      are available as special John Wayne Film Society releases.

      Califonia Straight Ahead I taped off TV

      but no appearance yet of

      Adventure's End!


      At least 5 out of 6 are available, however it's a real shame that "Adventures End" is missing.
      Regards
      Robbie