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Var reviewed the film twice, first on 26 Nov 1930, after Derelict opening in New York City, then on 29 Apr 1931 after the picture was dubbed into French and had its premiere in Paris under the title Desempare . The second reviewer stated that the dubbed version was "the first serious attempt made to 100% French dubbing of an American film in such a way that audiences should not notice that dubbing has been used." The reviewer also stated "The dubbing job is practically perfect....[and] opens considerable possibilities for French releases of American or other foreign productions lending themselves to dubbing." According to the review, the French-language dubbing was supervised by Jacob Karol in Joinville, at Paramount's French ... More Less

Var reviewed the film twice, first on 26 Nov 1930, after Derelict opening in New York City, then on 29 Apr 1931 after the picture was dubbed into French and had its premiere in Paris under the title Desempare . The second reviewer stated that the dubbed version was "the first serious attempt made to 100% French dubbing of an American film in such a way that audiences should not notice that dubbing has been used." The reviewer also stated "The dubbing job is practically perfect....[and] opens considerable possibilities for French releases of American or other foreign productions lending themselves to dubbing." According to the review, the French-language dubbing was supervised by Jacob Karol in Joinville, at Paramount's French studio. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Nov 1930.
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New York Times
22 Nov 1930
p. 21.
Variety
26 Nov 1930
p. 19.
Variety
29 Apr 1931
p, 37.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1930
Premiere Information:
New AYork opening: 21 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount-Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 November 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1749
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,702
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bill Rafferty and Jed Graves, rival first mates on the Batson freighter line, come into open conflict when they fall in love with the same girl, Helen Lorber, a cafe entertainer in Havana. When Bill offers to take Helen to Rio aboard his ship, she accepts and leaves her job; but, unexpectedly, Bill is made captain of another freighter and maliciously chooses Jed as his mate. Unwilling to risk taking a woman aboard, Bill calls off his offer, and Helen angrily appeals to Jed, who smuggles her into a cabin. Disaster is narrowly avoided when the ship collides with another vessel in the dense fog; and Bill is relieved of command for neglect of duty, while Jed takes his place and beats him in a fight. Helen goes with Bill, and he furiously blames her for the loss of his command; he ships on a tramp steamer bound for Rio and guides it through a tropical storm in a drunken state; when Jed's ship sends up a distress signal, Bill goes to his aid with the steamer. For his heroism, Bill is restored to his command, and realizing that Helen has stood by him, giving up her chance to go to Rio, he is happily reunited with ... +


Bill Rafferty and Jed Graves, rival first mates on the Batson freighter line, come into open conflict when they fall in love with the same girl, Helen Lorber, a cafe entertainer in Havana. When Bill offers to take Helen to Rio aboard his ship, she accepts and leaves her job; but, unexpectedly, Bill is made captain of another freighter and maliciously chooses Jed as his mate. Unwilling to risk taking a woman aboard, Bill calls off his offer, and Helen angrily appeals to Jed, who smuggles her into a cabin. Disaster is narrowly avoided when the ship collides with another vessel in the dense fog; and Bill is relieved of command for neglect of duty, while Jed takes his place and beats him in a fight. Helen goes with Bill, and he furiously blames her for the loss of his command; he ships on a tramp steamer bound for Rio and guides it through a tropical storm in a drunken state; when Jed's ship sends up a distress signal, Bill goes to his aid with the steamer. For his heroism, Bill is restored to his command, and realizing that Helen has stood by him, giving up her chance to go to Rio, he is happily reunited with her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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