Dr. Christina J. Johns

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Pacific Liner (1938)

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Pacific Liner (1938 )

Chester Morris

Chester Morris stars in Pacific Liner along with Victor McLaglen, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale, and Barry Fitzgerald. 

The screenplay for Pacific Liner was written by John Twist and is based on a story by Anthony Coldeway and Heny Roberts Symonds.  The film is directed by Lew Landers. 

Chester Morris plays a ship's doctor (Doctor Craig) who fancies nurse Wendy Barrie (Ann Grayson).  Victor McLaglen (Chrusher McKay) also has designs on Grayson.  When a cholera epidemic breaks out the two men are in even more conflict. It's a slow film, not the best, but worth seeing. 

Morris (1901 - 1970) was the son of stage actor William Morris and stage commedienne Etta Hawkins.  He was nominated in 1929 for best actor for his role in the film "Alibi."  But, he is best known for the series of Boston Blackie films which he made in the 1940s.  Morris played the criminal turned detective Boston Blackie in 14 films.

Morris' career began in the silent era and lasted until the year he died 1970.  He, in fact, died while working on his last film role.  He was diagnosed with stomach cancer at some time during the last two years of his life, but died of a barbituate overdose. 




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