Captain Calamity (1936) [Action] [Adventure] [Crime]

“Captain Calamity” is an American South Seas adventure film directed by John Reinhardt and starring George Houston released by Grand National Pictures. It was filmed in an early color process called Hirlicolor at Talisman Studios and Santa Catalina Island, California. A penniless ship’s captain is taking a passenger ashore after their voyage. The passenger throws a gold coin in the ocean that he says has been bad luck to him as it was a gift from his ex-fiancee. The Captain sends one of his men, an experienced underwater diver, to successfully retrieve it. The passenger explains that is a gold Spanish doubloon and the Captain is more than welcome to it. Going ashore, the Captain decides to have some fun by telling stories indicating that he discovered four chests full of the coins, which were pirate treasure. The news spreads throughout the island and leads to kidnapping, torture, murder and an attack on the Captain’s ship. — Directed by John Reinhardt, produced by George A. Hirliman (producer), Charles J. Hunt (associate producer) and Louis Rantz (associate producer), written by Gordon Ray Young (story) and Crane Wilbur (screenplay), starring George Houston as Captain Bill Jones / Captain Calamity, Marian Nixon as Madge Lewis, Vince Barnett as Burp, Juan Torena as Mike, Movita as Annana, Crane Wilbur as Dr. James Kelkey, George J. Lewis as Black Pierre (as George Lewis), Roy D’Arcy as Samson, Margaret Irving as Mamie Gruen, Barry Norton as Carr, Louis Natheaux as E.D. Joblin (Store Owner), Lloyd Ingraham as Trader Jim, Alberto Gandero as Gandero (a Sailor), Harold Howard as Guy Warren and Charles Moyer as Mac’ McKenzie (a Sailor).

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