Killer Shark (1950)

76 mins | Drama | 19 March 1950

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HISTORY

HR production charts credit Talmadge Morrison with the photography, although William Sickner is credited in the onscreen credits. The film was shot on location in Ensenada in Baja ... More Less

HR production charts credit Talmadge Morrison with the photography, although William Sickner is credited in the onscreen credits. The film was shot on location in Ensenada in Baja California. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Mar 50
p. 3.
Harrison's Reports
1 Apr 50
p. 52.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Apr 1950.
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The Exhibitor
1 Mar 50
pp. 2806-07.
Variety
12 Apr 50
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lindsley Parsons Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv film ed
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Mexican tech adv
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 March 1950
Production Date:
early November--mid November 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP38
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,859
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14292
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a dock in Manzania, a Mexican seaport, Capt. Jeff Smith's crew waits impatiently to go shark hunting, but Jeff insists on waiting for his son, a college student he has not seen in twelve years. Jeff sends Piñon, the little brother of one of his sailors, Ramon, to fetch the boat's cook, The Maestro, who is drinking tequila at Pat's cantina. The Maestro and Piñon leave the cantina and are stopped by a young man, Ted Smith, who asks directions to his father's boat, on which he is to spend some time. After they set sail, Jeff inquires about Ted's plans after college and offers him half interest in the fishing boat, but Ted finds his father's lifestyle distasteful and declines. The next day, after catching some small sharks, Ramon and Ted get into a rowboat and attempt to capture a buoy that has gotten loose, but Ted falls out of the rowboat and Ramon jumps in after him. Jeff sees sharks circling Ted and Ramon, and he and a crew member, Gano, row out to rescue them. Jeff and Ramon are badly injured by the shark, but Jeff refuses to return to shore, so Ted uses his status as half-owner of the boat to order the crew to return to Manzania, promising that he will find the money to pay them. As the injured men convalesce, Ramon's sister Maria is hostile to Ted until the doctor tells her that both men would have died if Ted had not brought the boat back to Manzania when he did. While the crew members are in town, they accept jobs on Capt. Hansen's boat, ... +


At a dock in Manzania, a Mexican seaport, Capt. Jeff Smith's crew waits impatiently to go shark hunting, but Jeff insists on waiting for his son, a college student he has not seen in twelve years. Jeff sends Piñon, the little brother of one of his sailors, Ramon, to fetch the boat's cook, The Maestro, who is drinking tequila at Pat's cantina. The Maestro and Piñon leave the cantina and are stopped by a young man, Ted Smith, who asks directions to his father's boat, on which he is to spend some time. After they set sail, Jeff inquires about Ted's plans after college and offers him half interest in the fishing boat, but Ted finds his father's lifestyle distasteful and declines. The next day, after catching some small sharks, Ramon and Ted get into a rowboat and attempt to capture a buoy that has gotten loose, but Ted falls out of the rowboat and Ramon jumps in after him. Jeff sees sharks circling Ted and Ramon, and he and a crew member, Gano, row out to rescue them. Jeff and Ramon are badly injured by the shark, but Jeff refuses to return to shore, so Ted uses his status as half-owner of the boat to order the crew to return to Manzania, promising that he will find the money to pay them. As the injured men convalesce, Ramon's sister Maria is hostile to Ted until the doctor tells her that both men would have died if Ted had not brought the boat back to Manzania when he did. While the crew members are in town, they accept jobs on Capt. Hansen's boat, although The Maestro insists that Jeff and Ramon be paid as well. Later, Jeff is visited by McCann, who brokers shark liver, and Jeff admits that he went into debt to install a new refrigeration unit on the boat and is in danger of losing his craft. Maria and Ted discuss taking the boat out on another shark-fishing expedition, and Maria says she can obtain the money to finance the voyage. Ted learns that his father's crew has left with Capt. Hansen, and, on the advice of a sailor in Pat's bar, he goes in search of a new crew at Barrego's, a seedy waterfront dive, making arrangements with a shady individual named Bracado to sail in the morning. Meanwhile, Maria asks Pat for $300, telling him that she needs the money for a specialist for Ramon, and promising that Jeff's crew will pay him back when they return. Maria gives Ted the money, and he leaves with Bracado and his crew. On board, Ted catches Tony, one of the sailors, robbing Jeff's cabin, and hits him over the head with a conch shell. Tony says nothing about the attack, but the next day, he tries to toss a hook into the back of Ted's shirt, which would send him flying into the shark-infested waters. Ted moves quickly, however, and the hook catches another sailor, Louie, and sends him overboard to his death. Bracado is unconcerned about Louie's death, and they continue fishing with great success. The night before they return to Manzania, Bracado puts sleeping pills in Ted's coffee, and while Ted is asleep, Bracado's crew transfers the tins of shark liver to a boat from Barrego's. The next morning, when Ted notices the shark liver is gone, Bracado tells him that the refrigeration system failed and all the liver had to be thrown overboard. Ted calls Bracado a liar and is knocked out by Tony. Upon reviving, Ted finds he is alone and leaves the boat just as Maria arrives. When Ted insists on going to Barrego's, Maria goes to Pat's bar and tells The Maestro, who gathers the whole crew. They defeat the thugs at Barrego's in a wild brawl, and The Maestro retrieves Ted's money from Bracado. Later, Ted bids a warm goodbye to his father and the crew, promising to return after he finishes college, and Maria surprises him with a kiss. +

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