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Captain Scarface (October 15, 1953)

Barton MacLane in Captain Scarface
 

Released on October 15, 1953: (running time 1 hour and 10 minutes) Captain Scarface threatens to detonate an atomic bomb in the Panama Canal, and a stowaway is the only hope to save the canal.

Produced by Hal Roach Jr.

Directed by Paul Guilfoyle

The Actors: Barton MacLane (Captain Scarface), Virginia Grey (Elsa Yeager), Leif Erickson (Sam Wilton), Peter Coe (Perro, First Mate), Rudolph Anders (Doctor Yeager), Howard Wendell (Fred Dilts), Isabel Randolph (Katherine Dilts), Paul Brinegar (Clegg), Don Dillaway (Everett Crofton), Martin Garralaga (Manuel, hotel proprietor), John Mylong (Kroll), Bregg Barton (Captain of the rescue boat), Carey Loftin (radio man), Frank Mills (seaman), Charles Perry (seaman), Sailor Vincent (seaman), Harry Wilson (tall, ugly deck sailor)

 

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The South American Steamer with a Missing Porthole

At the end of his long acting career, Barton MacLane became well-known as the General on the situation comedy television show, “I Dream of Jeannie,” but for most of his career, he was the bad guy.

Teenagers are always quick to create new slang terms, often ones that old folk don’t understand. In the 1940’s, when the police caught teenagers who were up to no good, they would question the teens aggressively, and often one of the teens would react to the aggressive questioning by exclaiming, “Don’t give me that Barton MacLane bit.”

Actor Barton MacLane, born in Columbia, South Carolina, was an athletic graduate of Wesleyan University, and in addition to being a great football player, he played violin and piano quite well. But because of his brawny stature, he was most often cast as the heavy – the rough bad guy dishing out the pain and punishment.

In this cold-war nuclear adventure, he is Captain Scarface, the rogue captain of a South American ship bound for New York via the Panama Canal. This ship will carry coffee, cocoa, and bananas to America, along with a handful of passengers, and one more item of note, . . . an armed atomic bomb. Captain Scarface is determined to blow himself, his passengers, and the ship, to Kingdom Come when the ship is in the most vulnerable part of the Panama Canal. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane, Peter Coe
Barton MacLane, Peter Coe
Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane
Howard Wendell
Howard Wendell
Isabel Randolph, Howard Wendell
Isabel Randolph, Howard Wendell
John Mylong
John Mylong
John Mylong, Virginia Grey, Rudolph Anders
John Mylong, Virginia Grey, Rudolph Anders
John Mylong
John Mylong
John Mylong
John Mylong
Leif Erickson, Martin Garralaga
Leif Erickson, Martin Garralaga
Leif Erickson, Martin Garralaga
Leif Erickson, Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga
Paul Brinegar
Paul Brinegar
Paul Brinegar, John Mylong
Paul Brinegar, John Mylong
Virginia Grey
Virginia Grey
Paul Brinegar
Paul Brinegar
Peter Coe, Leif Erickson
Peter Coe, Leif Erickson
Rudolph Anders, Barton MacLane
Rudolph Anders, Barton MacLane
Virginia Grey, John Mylong
Virginia Grey, John Mylong