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Black Sheep (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 1935 (USA)
On a cruise ship a professional gambler comes to the aid of a young man victimized by a jewel thief. The young man turns out to be his son.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screen play), Allan Dwan (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... John Francis Dugan
Claire Trevor ... Janette Foster
Tom Brown ... Fred Curtis
Eugene Pallette ... Col. Upton Calhoun Belcher
Adrienne Ames ... Mrs. Millicent Caldwell Bath
Herbert Mundin ... Oscar
Ford Sterling ... Mather
Jed Prouty ... Orville Schmelling
Billy Bevan ... Alfred
David Torrence ... Capt. Savage
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On a cruise ship a professional gambler comes to the aid of a young man victimized by a jewel thief. The young man turns out to be his son.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Companheiros de Viagem See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

John Francis Dugan: Dames are like the measles - annoying but curable.
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Soundtracks

Here's the Key to My Heart
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Think Of It As An Episode From a Mystery Series With Much, Much More Polish
12 August 2003 | by Cutter-2See all my reviews

This is an excellent little film with two stars much better known for their supporting roles. A young Claire Trevor is more lovely than I have ever seen her. This may be one of her few `straight' roles. She is not the scheming woman in a film noir, a prostitute, saloon girl or a drunk. Edmund Lowe, a first line star during the silent era who never quite made it past supporting roles in the talkies, is a very believable gambler/con man.

Virtually the entire movie takes place on board a cruise ship so there are none of the car chases, gun fights, mid depression hard luck stories, etc. that tend to carry many mid '30s mysteries/dramas. The script contains a good deal of intrigue and suspense that is carried of well by Lowe and his `accomplice', Trevor. Adrienne Ames, who looks very much like Gail Patrick plays a character that was made for Patrick, the snooty, unlikable wealthy woman. Ames and Eugene Pallette support.

The Plot Outline for this movie accurately describes what occurs so there is no need to dwell there. The most enjoyable parts of the movie for me were the situations where Trevor is determining what kind of person Lowe is and whether or not he can be trusted, is honest, etc. Keep in mind Trevor and Lowe meet on the cruise ship. Lowe tells Trevor up front that he is a gambler and Trevor is not quite sure what to think as Lowe goes about `setting up' Pallette and Ames primarily through card games to get his son out of a jam and return the stolen jewels. This occurs in spite of the ship's detective and eventually everyone else involved knowing Lowe is a gambler.

The ending may be a bit too neat in today's terms but one must remember happy endings were important in the early and mid '30s.


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