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Hell Ship Mutiny (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 6 December 1957 (USA)
Jim Knight is the captain of a ship trading in the South Seas. He runs into trouble when he makes port at an island where crooks Malone and Ross hold the natives under their cruel ... See full summary »

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DeVallon Scott (screenplay), Wells Root (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jon Hall ... Capt. Jim Knight
John Carradine ... Malone
Peter Lorre ... Commissioner Lamoret
Roberta Haynes ... Princess Mareva
Mike Mazurki ... Ross
Charles Mauu Charles Mauu ... Tula
Stanley Adams ... Roxy
Danny Richards Jr. Danny Richards Jr. ... Tatoa
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... King Parea
Peter Coe ... Prince Terahi
Michael Barrett Michael Barrett ... Pinky
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Kuala (as Salvador Bagues)
Salty the Chimp Salty the Chimp ... Salty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pua Almeida Pua Almeida ... Singer
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Jim Knight is the captain of a ship trading in the South Seas. He runs into trouble when he makes port at an island where crooks Malone and Ross hold the natives under their cruel domination while they seek a fortune in pearls. Knight and his crew are taken prisoners and he falls for native princess Mareva, and her non-plump charms are more than enough motivation for Knight to put an end to Malone and his henchmen, and also the the greedy police commissioner Lamoret. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AN EXCITING STORY!.. Of Passionate Love...and High-Adventure in the South Pacific!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tema Tangi See more »

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Lovina Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Felix Locher (King Parea) was the real life father of Jon Hall (Captain Jim Knight). See more »

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Tema-Tangi
(uncredited)
Sung by Pua Almeida
Music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter
Lyrics by Jon Hall and Lorraine Williams
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Jon Hall goes slumming...
28 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the early to mid 1940s, Jon Hall was a very handsome leading man who made some wonderful escapist films for Universal Studios, such as "Cobra Woman", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Hurricane". However, by the 1950s, Hall was no longer much of a box office draw and contented himself to work for some third-rate studios. In this case, "Hell Ship Mutiny", he made it for the minuscule Lovina Productions!

When the film begins, Captain Knight (Hall) arrives on an island only to discover that all the locals have been taken prisoner and are being used as slaves to do some incredibly deep dives for pears. Many of the folks die as a result and the evil Malone (John Carradine) couldn't care less. Fortunately, the Captain is able to escape and ends up taking these jerks prisoner. What ISN'T so fortunate is that after taking them aboard the ship so that he can take them to prison, they break loose and commandeer the ship. Can the Captain break free once again and save himself and the crew from these thugs? And, if he does, will his problems be over or will a new one be waiting for him when he lands the boat?

You know a film isn't all it's cracked up to be when the Captain has a pet chimp named 'Salty'. Salty's adorable in his little sailor costume but really unnecessary and silly. But the rest of the film isn't terrible. It's not really good because the writer had the baddies escape THREE times...and I would have just thought the Captain would have killed them before this! Not terrible as a time- passer but not much more. And certainly NOTHING like Hall's films with Universal.


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