Sea Devils (1937)

85 mins | Romance | 19 February 1937

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HISTORY

The working titles of the film were Coast Guard , Coast Patrol and Rough, Ready and Handsome . RKO borrowed Donald Woods from Warner Bros. for the production. HR production charts and news items add Kathryn Marlowe and Fern Emmett to the cast, while MPH 's "The Cutting Room" adds Alan Curtis and William Corson. The participation of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. According to HR , Victor McLaglen was scheduled to perform in a radio version of the story, which was to be broadcast on 12 Feb 1937 at the Hollywood ... More Less

The working titles of the film were Coast Guard , Coast Patrol and Rough, Ready and Handsome . RKO borrowed Donald Woods from Warner Bros. for the production. HR production charts and news items add Kathryn Marlowe and Fern Emmett to the cast, while MPH 's "The Cutting Room" adds Alan Curtis and William Corson. The participation of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. According to HR , Victor McLaglen was scheduled to perform in a radio version of the story, which was to be broadcast on 12 Feb 1937 at the Hollywood Hotel. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Feb 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Feb 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 36
p. 17, 18
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 36
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 37
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Feb 37
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Nov 36
p. 56.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Feb 37
p. 42.
New York Times
16 Mar 37
p. 26.
Variety
17 Mar 37
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Edward Small Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Orig story
Contr to dial and spec seq
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Coast Guard
Rough, Ready and Handsome
Coast Patrol
Release Date:
19 February 1937
Production Date:
mid October--early December 1936
Copyright Claimant:
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 February 1937
Copyright Number:
LP6995
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2814
SYNOPSIS

When "ladies man" Mike O'Shay, a seaman in the Coast Guard, arrives at a new base, he collides with pretty librarian Doris Malone and, unaware that she is the daughter of Petty Officer William "Medals" Malone, begins a flirtation with her. Rebuffed by Doris, Mike ventures to "Sadies," the local tavern, where he brawls with Medals over a teenage girl. After the fight, Mike receives aid from a now sympathetic Doris, who is then surprised by the return of her equally battered father. When Medals, who has picked clean-cut, ambitious Steve Webb to marry Doris, sees Mike, he throws the seaman out of his house. He then has him assigned to his ship, while at the same time encouraging Steve to propose to Doris. On the night that Steve is to "pop the question," however, Mike slips away from the ship and sneaks over to the Malones' house. Steve, seeing Doris with Mike, goes back to the ship before proposing, but covers for Mike when Medals inquires about his whereabouts. Medals then tries to keep Steve off a three-week ice patrol, to which Mike is also assigned, but Steve tells him that he would rather fight fairly for Doris and insists on joining the crew. During an iceberg detonation test, Mike, who has been forced by Medals to perform the most gruelling tasks, starts a brawl with Medals, which causes the escape boat to unmoor. When the other seamen realize that the boat has drifted away, Steve tries to stop the blast but is caught in the explosion. Badly injured, Steve is flown to the base hospital, and Mike is called for a ... +


When "ladies man" Mike O'Shay, a seaman in the Coast Guard, arrives at a new base, he collides with pretty librarian Doris Malone and, unaware that she is the daughter of Petty Officer William "Medals" Malone, begins a flirtation with her. Rebuffed by Doris, Mike ventures to "Sadies," the local tavern, where he brawls with Medals over a teenage girl. After the fight, Mike receives aid from a now sympathetic Doris, who is then surprised by the return of her equally battered father. When Medals, who has picked clean-cut, ambitious Steve Webb to marry Doris, sees Mike, he throws the seaman out of his house. He then has him assigned to his ship, while at the same time encouraging Steve to propose to Doris. On the night that Steve is to "pop the question," however, Mike slips away from the ship and sneaks over to the Malones' house. Steve, seeing Doris with Mike, goes back to the ship before proposing, but covers for Mike when Medals inquires about his whereabouts. Medals then tries to keep Steve off a three-week ice patrol, to which Mike is also assigned, but Steve tells him that he would rather fight fairly for Doris and insists on joining the crew. During an iceberg detonation test, Mike, who has been forced by Medals to perform the most gruelling tasks, starts a brawl with Medals, which causes the escape boat to unmoor. When the other seamen realize that the boat has drifted away, Steve tries to stop the blast but is caught in the explosion. Badly injured, Steve is flown to the base hospital, and Mike is called for a court-martial. Shamed by his behavior both on the iceberg and at Mike's trial, Medals resigns from the Guard, while Mike is jailed on the ship's brig. After Steve dies of his injuries, Doris announces to Medals that she and Mike are going to marry. That same night, a hurricane rips through the area, and both Medals and Mike, hearing the call of duty, force their way back to the ship, which has been called by a floundering yacht. After rescuing the yacht passengers, Medals sacrifices himself to save Mike and goes down with the boat. Many years later, Mike nicknames his son "Medals" in honor of his feisty father-in-law. +

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