Captain Hurricane (1935)

72 mins | Comedy-drama | 1 March 1935

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Editor:

George Hively

Production Designers:

Van Nest Polglase, Charles Kirk

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Cape Cod . James Barton, a noted stage actor, made his film debut in this film. According to a HR news item, Otto Hoffman replaced Donald Meek in the role of "Silas Coffin." MPH 's "The Cutting Room" includes Jed Prouty in the cast, and HR production charts and news items add George Cooper and Tex Phelps to the cast. The participation of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. Lon Chaney, Jr. changed his professional name from Creighton Chaney to Lon Chaney, Jr. in 1935. Some reviews for this film, which was the first feature in which he appeared on screen as Lon Chaney, Jr., list him as Creighton ... More Less

The working title of this film was Cape Cod . James Barton, a noted stage actor, made his film debut in this film. According to a HR news item, Otto Hoffman replaced Donald Meek in the role of "Silas Coffin." MPH 's "The Cutting Room" includes Jed Prouty in the cast, and HR production charts and news items add George Cooper and Tex Phelps to the cast. The participation of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. Lon Chaney, Jr. changed his professional name from Creighton Chaney to Lon Chaney, Jr. in 1935. Some reviews for this film, which was the first feature in which he appeared on screen as Lon Chaney, Jr., list him as Creighton Chaney. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Dec 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Apr 35
p. 11.
HF
22 Dec 34
p. 30.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Feb 35
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Jan 35
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Feb 35
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 35
p. 87.
Variety
3 Jul 35
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Cape Cod
Release Date:
1 March 1935
Production Date:
11 December 1934--mid January 1935
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
1 March 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5426
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
590
SYNOPSIS

After many years at sea, Captain Zenas Henry Brewster, a crusty Cape Cod fisherman, sells his boat and settles down in Wilton Junction. Soon bored with life on land, however, he drops in on his neighbor, spinster Abbie Howland, and proposes to her for the fifteenth time in as many years. Because of his fiery temper, Abbie again rejects him, but offers to work as his daytime housekeeper, and after an intense cleaning, Zenas' old house is transformed into a cozy home. In spite of Abbie's admonishments, Zenas opens his door to his raggedy seamates, Captain Jeremiah Taylor and Captain Ben, who quickly become part of Abbie's tidy, well-fed household. Later, during a brutal storm, the captains rescue a shipwrecked girl, Susan Ann, the teenaged daughter of the doomed ship's skipper. Zenas adopts Susan Ann as his own and worries when she becomes involved with Jimmy Howell, the son of a Boston millionaire. Prejudiced against Jimmy because he is "summer folk," Zenas discourages Susan Ann from seeing him until he makes a public proposal of marriage. Abbie, meanwhile, frets over Zenas' dwindling finances and pushes him to buy the cranberry bog that he has been talking about for months. Cajoled by a salesman, Zenas uses all of his savings and takes a mortgage on his house to buy the land, which turns out to be a worthless swamp. Broke, he is then forced to take a job as a second mate on an old freighter. When the freighter's boiler explodes off the Mexican coast, Zenas saves twelve of his seamates, but is badly injured during the rescue. Hospitalized for months, ... +


After many years at sea, Captain Zenas Henry Brewster, a crusty Cape Cod fisherman, sells his boat and settles down in Wilton Junction. Soon bored with life on land, however, he drops in on his neighbor, spinster Abbie Howland, and proposes to her for the fifteenth time in as many years. Because of his fiery temper, Abbie again rejects him, but offers to work as his daytime housekeeper, and after an intense cleaning, Zenas' old house is transformed into a cozy home. In spite of Abbie's admonishments, Zenas opens his door to his raggedy seamates, Captain Jeremiah Taylor and Captain Ben, who quickly become part of Abbie's tidy, well-fed household. Later, during a brutal storm, the captains rescue a shipwrecked girl, Susan Ann, the teenaged daughter of the doomed ship's skipper. Zenas adopts Susan Ann as his own and worries when she becomes involved with Jimmy Howell, the son of a Boston millionaire. Prejudiced against Jimmy because he is "summer folk," Zenas discourages Susan Ann from seeing him until he makes a public proposal of marriage. Abbie, meanwhile, frets over Zenas' dwindling finances and pushes him to buy the cranberry bog that he has been talking about for months. Cajoled by a salesman, Zenas uses all of his savings and takes a mortgage on his house to buy the land, which turns out to be a worthless swamp. Broke, he is then forced to take a job as a second mate on an old freighter. When the freighter's boiler explodes off the Mexican coast, Zenas saves twelve of his seamates, but is badly injured during the rescue. Hospitalized for months, Zenas is unaware of the sacrifices that Abbie and the others make to pay his medical bills. Jimmy, who has read about Zenas' heroism, buys the swamp as part of an elaborate development plan and prevents the foreclosing of Zenas' house. When Zenas finally returns, he receives a hero's welcome and, after learning of Jimmy's deed, gives Susan Ann his blessing. +

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