The Three Stooges appear as the ship's lounge musicians. Their screentime is limited to background players in a handful of scenes, and only Larry enjoys a few lines of dialogue.
The film premiered with a running time of 103 minutes, but was cut to 85 minutes for its general release. Many of the cast members listed do not appear in the released version, victims of the edited 18 minutes. Survivng bits of business between the Stooges and costar Arthur Treacher imply that they had an earlier setup scene, lost to editing.
John Gilbert was one of the greatest leading men of the 1920s, starring in films like MGM's THE BIG PARADE (1925). A soured relationship with Greta Garbo, disagreements with MGM chief Louis B. Mayer, and Gilbert's alcoholism combined to make him a liability in Mayer's eyes. After a couple box-office disappointments, MGM's publicity machine circulated the untrue story that Gilbert's voice was not suitable for sound films, and John found himself in supporting roles. Garbo used her influence to cast him as her costar in the pre-code QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933), but the Hays office's objections to the film gave MGM the reason it wanted to terminate his contract. After a few more roles, including Columbia's THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA (1934), depression, stress and alcoholism led to Gilbert's death from a heart attack in 1936.
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|Shooting Days:||96 days From: 1934-06-20 To: 1934-09-11|
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The film thrives on dialogue scenes where the characters of a cruise ship talking animatedly or hiding their misdeeds. By the end of the cruise, none of them seem any different than when they started. There are worse crimes a movie can make, but I'd like to argue that when I give an hour and a half of my life to a movie, I expect something to happen.
The only points that garnered any interest at all were the tragic end to a likable Spanish soldier's story and the attempted suicide by a depressed woman. Both of which end rather abruptly and are quickly lost among the rest of the film's too many characters.
The Three Stooges are only in two scenes and are for decoration only. Their brief role is to play musical instruments at a party: Moe on saxophone, Larry on piano, and Curly on cello. The only one that gets a line is Larry.
I find myself very indifferent to The Captain Hates the Sea. It doesn't do anything wrong to warrant hatred, but it doesn't really do anything all that well either. It's just kind of a time waster for those who like character pieces. It might annoy those who like character development, though.
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