Marie Galante (October 26, 1934)
Released October 26, 1934: A myterious saboteur is planning to blow up the Panama Canal while the U.S. Fleet is passing through, and suspicion falls on Spencer Tracy and a young French girl.
Produced by Winfield R. Sheehan
Directed by Henry King
Written by Reginald Berkeley and Dudley Nichols from a novel by Jacques Deval
The Actors: Spencer Tracy (Dr. Crawbett), Ketti Gallian (Marie Galante), Ned Sparks (Plosser, owner of the Pacific Gardens nightclub), Helen Morgan (Miss Tapia, manager of the Pacific Gardens nigtclub), Sig Ruman (Brogard), Leslie Fenton (General Saki Tenoki), Arthur Byron (General Gerald Phillips), Robert Loraine (Sir Ratcliff), Frank Darien (Ellsworth), Janet Berrett (dancer), Muriel Barrett (dancer), Guy Bellis (Commissioner at Scotland Yard), Joseph E. Bernard (Port controller), Eugene Borden (Assistant to the Prefect of police), Agostino Borgato (Frenchman), Nina Borget (shopper), Maurice Brierre (telegraph operator), James P. Burtis (wisecracking American), Fred Cavens (postmaster), Wallace Clark (head of Bureau in Washington), Arthur Clayton (assistant Commissioner), Tito Coral (Tito), George Davis (Frenchman in Central America), Ray De Ravenne (shopper), Rosita Delmar (checkroom girl), Joe Dominguez (orderly), Charles Fallon (dentist), Stepin Fetchit (Pacific Gardens waiter and barber, 'the laziest man in the world'), Jay C. Flippen (sailor in bar), Allen Fox (sentry), Richard Garrick (Second Officer Wilson), Clarence Geldart (Port doctor), Robert Gleckler (Steamship Captain), Rosemary Grimes (cabaret entertainer), Rubi Gutierrez (cabaret entertainer), Herbert Heywood (tour guide), Olin Howland (Clerk French Consul), Jack Kenney (crew member), Leonid Kinskey (Arohnson), Mike Lally (army shipment delivery man), Frank Lanning (Kristoffer), Frank LaRue (port inspector), Mitchell Lewis (Yermack, steamship crewman), Marie Loredo (cabaret entertainer), Michael Mark (Babu), Chris Pin Martin (furniture dealer), J.P. McGowan (foreman), Paul McVey (man in Tenoki's shop), Carlotta Monti (cabaret entertainer), Jack Mower (Naval Commander), J. Carrol Naish (French sailor painting ship), George Nardelli (patient), Harry Northrup (mate), Fletcher Norton (crew member), Manuel Paris (crew member), Albert Pollet (French waiter), Jules Raucourt (Prefect of Police, Paris), Alexander Schoenberg (crew member), Harry Semels (Steamship crewman), George Sherwood (Lieutenant), Philip Sleeman (crewman), Edwin Stanley (sympathetic American), Paul Stanton (assistant to Head of Bureau in Washington), Blanca Vischer (Spanish girl)
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Destroying the U.S. Navy
There are three people to meet before you begin this sabotage spy adventure. We first meet Ketti Gallian, who plays the part of Marie Galante, a young blonde French telegraph delivery girl in a coastal French town. She delivers a telegram to a steamship captain and while waiting for a response the ship leaves port and she is stranded in Yucatan. Her only way to get back to France is to work her way to the Panama Canal where she might be able to board a ship headed to France.
In the second scene we are in an office in the Panama Canal district and Sir Ratcliff of the British Secret Service is talking with U.S. General Phillips. It seems that a mysterious saboteur is planning to destroy the Panama Canal while the U.S. Navy is passing through. No one knows the identity of the saboteur, no one knows what he looks like or even his nationality. This mysterious saboteur could be anyone, . . . Anyone at all. The one thing that they know about the saboteur is that he always uses a pretty woman to do his dirty work and then kills her before moving on. Suddenly the door opens and in walks Spencer Tracy, who plays the part of a Doctor Crawbett, a man who travels the world to study insects. He could be the mysterious saboteur, and Marie Galante may be the henchwoman who will die when the job is over.
This story also features the character actor with the unique mono-tone voice, Ned Sparks, who is the owner of the Pacific Gardens nightclub. He is always fun to listen to, but there is another character actor that I want to introduce you to. Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry was born sometime around the turn of the century. Born in Key West to West Indian parents, he grew up to become a noted columnist for the Chicago Defender newspaper, using his ample intelligence, wit and command of our language. He had a passion for comedy and motion pictures, but as a man of color, there were few great roles for black actors either on stage or in the early years of motion pictures.
Being a very thoughtful and intelligent man, he created a comic character that performed as part of a comedy team on Vaudeville, and then in motion pictures like this one. The comic character that he created was ‘the laziest man in the world,’ using the stage name of Stepin Fetchit. In this story he is the waiter/barber/handyman at the Pacific Gardens nightclub. And by the way, the character that he created was so popular that he became the first African-American actor to become a millionaire from his earnings in motion pictures like this one. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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