Tiger Shark (film)

Tiger Shark is a 1932 American pre-Code melodrama romantic film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Edward G. Robinson, Richard Arlen and Zita Johann.[2] The film was made the same year as Scarface, which is widely acknowledged to be the director's best film of the early sound era. The general storyline was repeated several times in subsequent films, most notably Manpower with Marlene Dietrich and George Raft, in which Robinson plays the same role, only as a power line worker.

Tiger Shark
1932 Theatrical Poster
Directed byHoward Hawks
Produced byBryan Foy
Written by
Screenplay byWells Root
Story byHouston Branch
Music byBernhard Kaun
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Edited byThomas Pratt
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 1932 (1932-09-22) (U.S.)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$879,000[1]

The film's leading lady, Zita Johann, is best known for her role opposite Boris Karloff in Karl Freund's The Mummy that same year.


The plot concerns a one-handed tuna fisherman named Mike (Robinson) whose wife falls for the man he lost his hand saving.


Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $436,000 domestically and $443,000 foreign.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 13 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Sala, Ángel (October 2005). "Apéndices". Tiburón ¡Vas a necesitar un barco más grande! El filme que cambió Hollywood (1st ed.). Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya. p. 114. ISBN 84-96129-72-1.
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