Directed by Tay Garnett
USA 1935


  Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary take over of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime.


The strategy behind this entertaining seagoing Grand Hotel was to fill the screen with big stars, give them witty dialogue to deliver at a rapid pace and add fast and furious adventures so the audience has neither the time nor inclination to question the inadequacies of the plot. Most of it takes place on a ship sailing to Singapore, with 'limey' captain (Gable), his one-time lover (Harlow), an aristocratic widow (Russell) and rascalish trader (Beery).

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: August 9th, 1935

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:26:54 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk short: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan
• Musical short: A Girl's Best Years
• Theatrical trailer  

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2006
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Chapters: 24




My normal standards this DVD looks exceptional for a film over 70 years old, but by Warner's strong output of recent years it is perhaps a notch below with dirt/digital noise on the high end. There are light scratches and blemishes but nothing untoward. As expected the mono track is weak but audible. Extras include two shorts and the trailer. In the grand scale of things this is a tremendous deal to see Gable and Harlow in such an exemplary digital condition - for this alone we should thank Warner for being so meticulous with their older titles. A pleasure to have this little gem in my collection.  

Gary W. Tooze


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