Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939)

67 mins | Adventure | 1 September 1939

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Cinematographer:

John W. Boyle

Editor:

Maurice Wright

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was In Old California . According to a news item in HR , production was postponed for one week on this picture while Andy Devine finished Geronimo . This was the first of eleven films featuring Richard Arlen and Andy Devine that Universal produced from 1939-1941. These films were all produced by Ben Pivar and all but three were directed by Christy Cabanne. Modern sources note that the film contained stock footage from Universal's 1936 production Sutter's Gold ... More Less

The working title of this picture was In Old California . According to a news item in HR , production was postponed for one week on this picture while Andy Devine finished Geronimo . This was the first of eleven films featuring Richard Arlen and Andy Devine that Universal produced from 1939-1941. These films were all produced by Ben Pivar and all but three were directed by Christy Cabanne. Modern sources note that the film contained stock footage from Universal's 1936 production Sutter's Gold . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Aug 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Aug 39
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
27 May 39
p. 41.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Aug 39
p. 51.
New York Times
2 Aug 39
p. 17.
Variety
9 Aug 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PRODUCER
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WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
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FILM EDITOR
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COSTUMES
Gowns
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[Sd] tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit publicity
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
In Old California
Release Date:
1 September 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 2 August 1939
Production Date:
26 April--early May 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8936
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5418
SYNOPSIS

Captain Robert Lawrence, a United States officer, is dispatched to the Sandwich Islands to put an end to the slave trade operated by the captain of the Blackhawk . Stowing away on board the ship, Bob is befriended by Slim Collins, one of the crew, and incites the galley slaves to mutiny against their brutal captain and his cruel first mate. After taking control of the ship, they free the islanders who had been taken as slaves and imprisoned in the cargo hold. Landing off the coast of California in search of provisions, the crew and the islanders seek shelter at the American settlement at Fort Bailey, where they learn that under the incompetent leadership of Sam Bailey, the settlers are in danger of being driven from their lands by the Mexican army led by General Romero. Bailey's daughter Helen convinces her father to offer Bob and his men food and shelter, and Bob decides to fight for the settlers' rights. Angered by Bob's demands, Romero, who is secretly in league with Bailey's wife Tania to drive the settlers from their land, orders the Americans to leave the settlement. After Bailey commands him to leave the fort, Bob learns from Kit Carson that General John Fremont and his troops are stationed nearby and rides for help. Fremont agrees to send food to the fort, but just as it is delivered, Romero's army, alerted by Tania, attacks. Under Bob's leadership, the crew and settlers unite and hold off the invaders until Fremont and his troops arrive. With Romero defeated, the American flag is raised over California territory, and Bob prepares to ... +


Captain Robert Lawrence, a United States officer, is dispatched to the Sandwich Islands to put an end to the slave trade operated by the captain of the Blackhawk . Stowing away on board the ship, Bob is befriended by Slim Collins, one of the crew, and incites the galley slaves to mutiny against their brutal captain and his cruel first mate. After taking control of the ship, they free the islanders who had been taken as slaves and imprisoned in the cargo hold. Landing off the coast of California in search of provisions, the crew and the islanders seek shelter at the American settlement at Fort Bailey, where they learn that under the incompetent leadership of Sam Bailey, the settlers are in danger of being driven from their lands by the Mexican army led by General Romero. Bailey's daughter Helen convinces her father to offer Bob and his men food and shelter, and Bob decides to fight for the settlers' rights. Angered by Bob's demands, Romero, who is secretly in league with Bailey's wife Tania to drive the settlers from their land, orders the Americans to leave the settlement. After Bailey commands him to leave the fort, Bob learns from Kit Carson that General John Fremont and his troops are stationed nearby and rides for help. Fremont agrees to send food to the fort, but just as it is delivered, Romero's army, alerted by Tania, attacks. Under Bob's leadership, the crew and settlers unite and hold off the invaders until Fremont and his troops arrive. With Romero defeated, the American flag is raised over California territory, and Bob prepares to return to Hawaii with Helen at his side. +

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