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Tiger Shark (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 1932 (USA)
A tuna fisherman marries a woman who doesn't love him.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Houston Branch (original story "Tuna"), Wells Root (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Mike Mascarenhas
Richard Arlen ... Pipes Boley
Zita Johann ... Quita Silva
Leila Bennett ... Muggsey
J. Carrol Naish ... Tony (as J. Carroll Naish)
Vince Barnett ... Fishbone
William Ricciardi ... Manuel Silva
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Storyline

Mike is a great tuna fisherman although he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now Mike is happily married to Quita and doesn't notice that Pipes and Quita are falling for each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Jungle holds no terrors for these bloodthirsty white-belled cannibals!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiger-Hai See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Peter Bogdanovich, dialog was improvised by Howard Hawkes and Edward G Robinson. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

My Wild Irish Rose
(1899) (uncredited)
Music by Chauncey Olcott
Played when Mike is drunk at the wedding reception
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24 May 2002 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Sorry, I forgot to add a point to my comment that was rather an important one, at least to me. Tiger Shark was shot in the early 1930s and there are some interesting scenes of men sailing their boat into a school of tuna, guided by a lookout, then lining up in the leads and pulling the fish in using flexible poles, one at a time. The scenes are authentic and exciting. Alas, they are history. Tuna fisherman now use "long lines." (Koreans and Japanese have huge industries built around this technique.) The fishing boat now needs a smaller crew (less expensive) because there no longer any mano a mano contests between fish and man. The crew simply strings out long fishing lines, guided by sonar, more than a mile long, with baited hooks fixed to the lines at short, regular intervals, set for a given depth. This has proved far more lucrative than fishing exclusively for tuna with poles. The long lines have a tendency to clean everything that swims out of the sea; not just tuna but sharks, sea turtles, porpoises, and game fish like marlin (which can't be legally sold). By the time they are harvested, many of the animals are already dead, especially the air-breathing turtles and porpoises. The industry has become much more efficient and without passion. Mike probably wouldn't have approved but the organization that would now own his boat would have.


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