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Windjammer (1937)

The fourth and last of the George A. Hirliman-produced films starring George O'Brien (preceded by "Daniel Boone", "Park Avenue Logger" and "Hollywood Cowboy") that were distributed by RKO ... See full summary »


Ewing Scott


Daniel Jarrett (screenplay) (as Dan Jarrett), James Gruen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
George O'Brien ... Bruce Lane
Constance Worth ... Betty Selby
William Hall ... Captain Morgan
Brandon Evans Brandon Evans ... Commodore Russell P. Selby
Gavin Gordon ... J. Montague Forsythe
Stanley Blystone ... Peterson (as Stan Blystone)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Willy
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Dolan (as Ben Hendricks)
Lee Shumway ... Yacht Captain
Frank Hagney ... Slum
Sam Flint ... Marvin T. Bishop


The fourth and last of the George A. Hirliman-produced films starring George O'Brien (preceded by "Daniel Boone", "Park Avenue Logger" and "Hollywood Cowboy") that were distributed by RKO Radio. Hirliman sold O'Brien's contract to RKO, which then produced 18 series westerns starring O'Brien that ended when O'Brien went into the Navy at the outbreak of WW II. Long-time (past and future) O'Brien director David Howard served as Hirliman's Associate Producer on this film. "Windjammer" finds O'Brien as a subpoena server ordered to serve a subpoena on Brandon Evans (The Commondore) for a senate inquiry or lose his job. Posing as a playboy, he boards the Commodore's yacht during a yacht race, and the yacht is wrecked by a gun-running windjammer commanded by Captain Morgan (William Hall.) All hands are picked up by the windjammer, including the Commodore's daughter (played by Constance Worth, at her blonde, plumpish best) and put to work as galley slaves and such, but it isn't long before ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adrift at sea! At grips with a desperate band of ocean outlaws! See more »


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Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pirataria Moderna See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Washington DC Thursday 8 January 1948 on WMAL (Channel 7), in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) Thursday 26 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in New York City Thursday 2 September 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cleveland Tuesday 21 September 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), in Detroit Saturday 13 November 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 5 February 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Bruce flies out to see in a Douglas Dolphin but lands near Lady Betty in an entirely different type of flying boat. The former has its engines mounted above the wing, the latter below the upper wing. See more »

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A Yaght of Fun!
22 April 2008 | by Phil ReederSee all my reviews

Short, entertaining sea yarn with George O'Brien as a state attorney general's right hand man sent to serve a subpoena on a tycoon, only to find himself a prisoner along with the millionaire and his daughter aboard the ship of an arms smuggler, bound for Macao. The action is pretty good, along with the characterizations - particularly Hall as the roguish, mad-eyed Capt. Morgan (there even seems to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the pirate Henry Morgan!) Blond Constance Worth is cute as Betty, playing the she-hates-him/she-loves-him cliché for all it's Worth. Overall a decently spent hour.

5/10 stars, check it out.

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