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Vessel of Wrath | 1938 | Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester,

Charles Laughton excels himself as the drunken beachcomber seducing a spinster in the Dutch East Indies. A long way from his usual roles, such as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Laughton fearlessly portrays his vulnerable character with heart-felt sincerity.

While the story, based on a W. Somerset Maugham tale, takes a couple of predictable turns too many, Laughton, playing opposite real-life wife Elsa Lanchester, makes their on-screen relationship fizz with excitement and the humour bite.

Also known as The Beachcomber.

cast
Charles Laughton as Ginger Ted
Elsa Lanchester as Martha Jones
Robert Newton as The Controleur
Tyrone Guthrie as Dr Owen Jones
Eliot Makeham as The Native Head Clerk
Dolly Mollinger as Lia
D.A. Ward as Albert
J. Solomon as Sgt. Henrik

crew
Director Of Photography: Jules Kruger
Director: Erich Pommer
Producers: Charles Laughton, Erich Pommer
Original Music Composer: Richard Addinsell
Story: W. Somerset Maugham
Screenplay: Bartlett Cormack

UK | 92 minutes | 1938

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