Sea Devils (1937 film)
Sea Devils is a 1937 American film directed by Benjamin Stoloff. Among the American "preparedness films" of the mid-1930s devoted to enhancing the image of the Army (Flirtation Walk), the Navy (Here Comes the Navy) and the Marines (The Singing Marine, Devil Dogs of the Air), this entry focuses equivalent approving attention on the work of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Victor McLaglen and Helen Flint in film
|Directed by||Benjamin Stoloff|
|Produced by||Edward Small|
|Written by||Frank Wead|
|Screenplay by||Frank Wead|
P. J. Wolfson
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Cinematography||Joseph H. August|
J. Roy Hunt
|Edited by||Arthur Roberts|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
A Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's personality conflict with his younger counterpart gets physical when the seaman casts his eye on the Chief's librarian daughter, among iceberg destruction missions, dramatic boat rescues, and fistfights.
- Victor McLaglen as CPO William Malone
- Preston Foster as Michael O'Shea
- Ida Lupino as Doris Malone
- Donald Woods as Steve Webb
- Helen Flint as Sadie Bennett
- Gordon Jones as Puggy
- Pierre Watkin as USCGC Taroe commander
- Murray Alper as Seaman Brown
- Billy Gilbert as Billy (policeman)
The film was to be directed by James Flood, but he left the project shortly before shooting after a disagreement with producer Small.
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931–1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol. 14 No. 1, 1994, p. 56
- Lawrence H. Suid, Guts & Glory: the Making of the American Military Image in Film, p. 62
- THE SCREEN: 'Sea Devils' By FRANK S. NUGENT. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] March 16, 1937: 26.
- James Flood and Edward Small Split Over 'Coast Patrol' -- Cantor for Winchell-Bernie Film. Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] October 14, 1936: 31.
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