The Law of the Sea (1931)

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A sadistic, evil ship captain lusts after a beautiful young girl he spots in town. It turns out that she's the girlfriend of a young man whose father the captain had blinded and cast adrift on the ocean many years before.



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3 August 2014 | MartinHafer
| Not exactly a quality production.
"Law of the Sea" is a cheap B-movie. While not exactly terrible, it is far from being great entertainment. In other words, unless you are a huge fan of this sort of thing, I cannot see much reason for you to watch it.

The film begins with a small group of people being shipwrecked. Some time later when they see another ship, they assume that their troubles are over...but it's far from it. The crew is full of rogues and the only reason they take the family aboard is because the captain has rape on his mind! After murdering one of them and casting a man and his son adrift once again in their dingy, the captain turns his attentions on the wife--only to find that she's killed herself rather than suffer her fate. This sort of story is clearly the sort you would NOT have seen just two years later when a toughened Production Code would be enforced in Hollywood!

Twenty years pass. Now the father and son have grown. The father (the silent film star William Farnum) is now blind--and they say it's a result of this incident 20 years earlier (??). As for the son, he's a heroic sort who works for a Coast Guard-like organization--saving lives of shipwrecked folk. While a hero and his life seems perfect, the young man is a bit of a yutz--as the night he's to receive a medal for bravery, he's out making it with his fiancé's trashy cousin!

Into this mess comes something that is very, very predictable. Another reviewer pointed out just how predictable it was. The father, though blind, has vowed to one day find the man responsible for his wife's death--and wouldn't you know it, this rogue captain now has just been appointed the son's new boss. What's to come of this and the fallout from the escapade with the trashy woman? See the film and learn for yourself...or not.

The film has a lot working against it. During a lifesaving portion, the movie is jam-packed with stock footage that obviously is stock footage. The acting is occasionally poor and the overall film offers few surprises. You can do better.

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20 January 1932



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