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Released by Pathéscope August 1938 on 9.5mm sound as T.9041 (4 reels) - price £8-5sh.
"MIDSHIPMAN EASY" GB Oct1935 Directed by: Carol Reed 77 minutes B/W Cert "U" Produced by: Thorold Dickinson (approx 34mins on 9.5mm) An A.T.P. Production Released by: A.B.F.D. Released in the USA in 1951 as "Men Of the Sea" Screen Play: Anthony Kimmins - based on the 1836 Captain Marryat novel Dialogue Direction:Tyrone Guthrie Continuity: Peggy Thompson Photography: John W. Boyle Art Direction: Edward Carrick Original Music: Frederick Austin Musical Director: Ernest Irving Film Editing: Sidney Cole Sound Recording: Eric Williams Assistant Direction: Cecil Dixon Production & Editorial Supervision: Thorold Dickinson Cast: Hughie Green ............... Jack Easy Margaret Lockwood .......... Donna Agnes Harry Tate ................. Mr Biggs Robert Adams ............... Mesty Roger Livesey .............. Captain Wilson Dennis Wyndham ............. Don Silvio Lewis Casson ............... Mr Easy Tom Gill ................... Gascoine Frederick Burtwell ......... Mr Easthupp Desmond Tester ............. Gossett Dorothy Holmes-Gore ........ Mrs Easy Norman Walker, Arnold Lucy, Esme Church, Arthur Hambling
Naval adventure in the days of Nelson - Young
Jack Easy, a midshipman on HMS Harpy, leads a team which
captures a Spanish vessel and frees nobleman Don Rebiera and his
daughter Donna Agnes. Jack saves the boat from being wrecked in a
storm, but then mistakenly fires on the Harpy. Later
Easy is involved in a triangular pistol duel and captures
infamous bandit Don Silvio. The villain escapes from a convict
ship and attacks the home of Don Rebiera. Jack and some of his
colleagues defend the property until the crew of the Harpy
come to the rescue. Bandit Don Silvio is killed by Mesty, a giant
sailor who has befriended Jack Easy.
Robert Adams (Mesty) and Hughie Green (Jack Easy)
Exciting action on the coast of Sicily - or is it somewhere near Portland Bill, Dorset, UK!!
1. The first four reeler on 9.5mm optical sound. Pathéscope in the UK also released the film as four reels 9.5mm silent and four reels 17.5mm optical sound. The shortening entailed many lengthy sub-titles inserted by Pathéscope to explain gaps in the narrative. Some of the sequences omitted in the 9.5mm print include:- * The opening visit of Captain Wilson to the Easy household and Jack's wish to join the Navy. * Jack's initial clash on the ship "Harpy" with Wilson. * Don Ribiera and family leaving the Spanish vessel and much of the subsequent storm scenes. * Jack's return to the "Harpy" followed by the start of the dispute over money found on the captured Spanish ship and the lead-up to the duel. * A scene in a wagon between Hughie Green and Margaret Lockwood (just after she has been rescued from Don Silvio) and the next section back in the town where Wilson has arrived. 2. The film was made at Ealing Studios by Basil Dean's Associated Talking Pictures. 3. The film was released in the USA in 1951 by Astor Pictures as "Men Of the Sea". 4. Much of the location shooting was done on the Isle of Portland, near Weymouth, (in Dorset, UK) in and around the disused stone quarries. 5. The first picture to be directed solo by Carol Reed, who went on to fame with films like "The Third Man", "Odd Man Out" and "Oliver!". 6. Some sources name Basil Dean as one of the producers, but only Thorold Dickinson appears on the actual film credits. 7. Robert Adams, who plays Mesty, was once Britain's leading black actor. A headmaster in British Guyana before coming to England, he took up wrestling and became Heavyweight Champion of The British Empire. Robert turned to acting in the 1930s and later qualified as a barrister. 8. A sea shanty "All the Way Home" is sung by a male choir over the opening credits and "The End" titles.
(Extra information from the late Dennis Gifford and film historian extraordinaire Maurice Trace)
|Look for the original 1836 novel "Mr
Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
film itself has now been released on DVD in the UK by
Network in a four film
Watch the film "Midshipman Easy" on You Tube
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