9 March 2020 | bkoganbing
Cholera on board
If one is thinking that Victor McLaglen and Chester Morris are doing yet another version of Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt in Pacific Liner that is
most definitely not the case. There are some hijinks to be sure, but for the
most part this is involved with fighting the serious business of a cholera epidemic.
McLaglen is the chief stoker and Morris the ship's doctor on board the passenger liner The Arcturus. Cholera breaks out among the crew and those still on their feet try to keep it all from the blithely unconcerned
These two are also in competition for Wendy Barrie the ship's nurse. She
has some history with both guys.
Newsreel footage of ship's operations are blended nicely into the story. Like
you would see in an O'Neill play, these sailors do live in a world of their own
away from the passengers. The sailors are a lot of familiar character players
headed by Barry Fitzgerald and Alan Hale.
Pacific Liner holds up very well after 80+ years.