During a screen career that lasted for about eight years, George Houston made a name for himself with his endearing performances as Tom Cameron in the Lone Rider series of Westerns. Houstonís athleticism and training in music from the Institute of Musical Arts in New York stood him in good stead in Captain Calamity, which is a thrilling story of a sea captainís adventures on an enchanting South Seas island. A2zcds.com has preserved this Hollywood masterpiece on DVD, giving all Houston fans a reason for celebration!
Broke and low on shipís rations, the charismatic captain Bill Jones (George Houston) agrees to take Carr (Barry Norton) a homesick Australian to Tapillo. Desperate for money, Bill flashes a doubloon that heíd picked up by chance and claims to have found a huge treasure. This triggers off a series of murderous episodes between the south sea islanders and Billís Crew. As chance would have it, Bill meets an old friend Dr. Kelkey (Crane Wilbur), an alcoholic and his ward, the charming Madge (Marion Nixon). The only treasure that Bill now wishes to possess is this lovely lady who has stolen his heart. Will Bill survive the murderous Pierreís attack and marry his ladylove?
Running Time: 67 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Set on an enchanting South Sea island and on board a schooner, Captain Calamity is an engrossing story of a handsome and young ship captain, to whom a life of adventure means more than anything else - till he sets his eyes on the charming Madge. Broke and stranded on an island, the captain decides to show-off a gold coin he owns as a part of a much larger cache. Naturally the whole island is abuzz with the news and who wouldnít like to lay their hands on this enormous mullah that Bill claims to have found?
Amazingly, the island has a seedy waterfront with all the shady characters that normally make such places their haunt, but there are also some sophisticated goons who operate from behind legitimate business fronts.
George Houston was tailor-made for this role with his magnificent physique, booming baritone and piercing blue eyes. The use of local talent in the cast lends the narrative authenticity while a couple of lilting songs emanating from Bill's beautiful voice box provide some respite in an action packed drama. Forced to defend his non-existent treasure and his ladylove, Bill is one busy man!
When the guns finally stop booming, Bill has Madge all for himself, and you have a happy ending to a blood-soaked saga of illusive treasures! Witness this thrilling adventure of a sea dog who sets out looking for adventure, but ends up losing his heart!
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Betty Greene (Douglas, Arizona)
Gordon Ray Young (story)
Vince Barnett - Burp
Juan Torena - Mike
Movita - Annana
Roy D'Arcy - Samson
Margaret Irving - Mme. Gruen
Louis Natheaux - Henchman
Barry Norton - Carr
Lloyd Ingraham - Trader Jim
Alberto Gandero - (as Albert Gandero)
Harold Howard - E. D. Joblin
Charles Moyer -
Gordon Jones - Henchman (uncredited)
Maria Kalamo - (uncredited)
Edward L. Alperson - executive producer
Charles J. Hunt - associate producer (as Charles Hunt)
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