Men Without Women (1930)

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    • Men Without Women (1930)

      MEN WITHOUT WOMEN

      DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
      PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD/ JAMES KEVIN MCGUINNESS
      FOX FILM CORPORATION



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Aboard the U.S. submarine S13 in the China seas,
      Chief Torpedoman Burke goes about his duties.
      In actuality, he is Quartermaine, the infamous former commander
      of the British ship Royal Scot, which was sunk by Germans with a Field Marshal aboard.
      Quartermaine had told his sweetheart that the Field Marshal would be aboard,
      not knowing that she was an informant for the enemy.
      When the S13 sinks, Burke takes charge when the commander,
      Ensign Price, is unable to command. Burke must keep his mates
      alive long enough on the bottom of the sea for rescuers to arrive.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      Kenneth MacKenna .... Chief Torpedoman Burke
      Frank Albertson .... Ens. Albert Edward Price
      J. Farrell MacDonald .... Costello (as Farrell Macdonald)
      Warren Hymer .... Kaufman
      Paul Page .... Handsome
      Walter McGrail .... Joe Cobb
      Stuart Erwin .... Radioman Jenkins
      George LeGuere .... Curly Pollock
      Charles K. Gerrard .... Cmdr. Weymouth (as Charles Gerrard)
      Ben Hendricks Jr. .... Murphy
      Harry Tenbrook .... Dutch Winkler
      Warner Richmond .... Lt. Cmdr. Briddwell
      Frank Baker .... Undetermined role
      Ivan Lebedeff .... Man in bar with top hat (uncredited)
      Robert Parrish .... Undetermined role (uncredited)
      Frank Richardson .... Singing sailor in Shanghai (uncredited)
      Pat Somerset .... Lt. Digby (uncredited)
      Roy Stewart .... Capt. Carson (uncredited)
      John Wayne .... Radioman on surface (Credited as Duke Morrison)

      Writing Credits
      John Ford (story Submarine) and
      James Kevin McGuinness (story Submarine)
      Dudley Nichols
      Otis C. Freeman (titles)

      Cinematography
      Joseph H. August

      Trivia
      The only extant sound version is actually from a work print for the International version. It's held by the Museum of Modern Art.

      It is sometimes stated, incorrectly, that this picture was based on the play "Submerged" by 'Clay Shaw', who was later acquitted of conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. When this picture was released Shaw was about 17 years old.

      Filming Locations
      Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA
      San Diego, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Men Without Women (1930)

      Men Without Women (1930) is an American drama film directed and written by John Ford,
      from the script by James Kevin McGuinness.
      The film also starred Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, and J. Farrell MacDonald.
      The sound version is now lost.
      Only a print of the "International Sound Version," held by the Museum of Modern Art, survives.

      Another review of one of Duke's early roles.
      where he was credited as Duke Morrison.

      However this film is worthy of a review,
      as it is historic, in the fact
      that this movie brought together for the first time,
      John Ford, Screenwriter Dudley Nicholls,
      and Camerman Joesph H. August.

      User Review
      Author: Robert Keser

      A sailors-trapped-in-a-sinking-submarine drama: Will they drown? Will the oxygen run out? Will they suffocate from chlorine gas? Will divers get to them in time? And what about that religious fanatic on board? John Ford skillfully ratchets up the tension, but some shaky special effects, unlikely characterizations and broad acting give an uneven effect, compared to later and slicker entertainments like RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP. However, this production has genuine historical value because it shows the difficulties in changing over from silent to sound,: sometimes it's a silent film with sound effects and [tinny] music. Other scenes have dialogue with one character actually speaking while another answers in silent intertitles. Most oddly, sometimes a character starts speaking, then an intertitle shows noticeably different lines, then the character finishes speaking. Not many movies have such a variety of expression.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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