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Outward Bound (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 November 1930 (USA)
Later remade as "Between Two Worlds."

Directors:

Robert Milton, Ray Enright (uncredited)

Writers:

Sutton Vane (by), J. Grubb Alexander (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Tom Prior
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Henry
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Midget
Dudley Digges ... Thompson - the Examiner (as Dudley Diggs)
Helen Chandler ... Ann
Alec B. Francis ... Scrubby
Montagu Love ... Mr. Lingley
Lyonel Watts Lyonel Watts ... Rev. William Duke
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Cliveden-Banks (as Allison Skipworth)
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Storyline

Henry and Ann are a young loving couple who have made a secret pact which they plan on executing at midnight. It involves stowing away on a passenger ship and leaving behind their beloved dog Laddy, a move they consider bittersweet. They seem somewhat apprehensive concerning their pact. Aboard the ship, a young man named Tom Prior, who seems to like his booze a little too much, has a feeling that something about the sailing is rather queer as everyone to who he speaks seems not to remember with who they are meeting or where they are going. The only exception is elderly socialite Mrs. Cliveden-Banks, who is off to meet her husband, Bunny. The only other passengers aboard are Catholic priest Reverend William Duke, wealthy business owner Mr. Lingley for who Tom used to work, and an uneducated working class elderly woman named Mrs. Midget. The only crew member is Scrubby, the steward. Tom eventually deciphers the nature of their trip, quicker than most that have taken it before have done.... Written by Huggo

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A Heavenly Picture of a Heavenly Hell! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 25 September 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1930 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Beryl Mercer, Dudley Digges, and Lyonel Watts all repeat their roles from the stage version. See more »

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Version of Broadway Television Theatre: Outward Bound (1952) See more »

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Stagy But Engrossing
12 July 2004 | by drednm2004See all my reviews

Massive stage hit was an early talkie starring Leslie Howard as a man who finds himself on a ship that is "outward bound." Stunning dialog and beautiful cinematography help this allegorical tale of passengers stranded onboard a mysterious ship. A huge stage hit in London and New York, Outward Bound was am ambitious talkie for 1930 and features some wonderful performances (a bit stagy, but wonderful) from Howard as well as the great and underrated Alison Skipworth. Also good are Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Beryl Mercer, Helen Chandler, Alec P. Francis, Dudley Digges, and Montagu Love. Lyonel Watts is a bit much as the vicar. This was remade in the late 40s as Between Two Worlds, starring John Garfield and Eleanor Parker.

Leslie Howard always seemed to be wasted in blah film roles and its nice to see him here in a worthy role. And Skipworth is a total delight in any film you can catch her in...... Here she plays a most unusual part, and plays it beautifully. All her little hmmms and gutteral sounds add fathoms to the dialog. And note her first name is misspelled in the opening credits.


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