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Ebb Tide(1937)

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This was Lucien Hubbard's first production with Paramount. According to Motion Picture Herald, this was the first major film to use color photography at sea. Oscar Homolka made his American film debut by, as stated on screen, "arrangement with Gaumont British Picture Corp., Ltd." An Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Henry Hathaway was originally slated to direct this film, however, was unable to do so due to his prior commitment to Paramount's Souls at Sea. The film's press book gives the following information about the production: Isobel Field, Robert Louis Stevenson's stepdaughter, visited the set. A South Seas village was recreated on Santa Catalina Island, CA, for which Paramount imported tropical vegetation from Hawaii and tropical fish from Tahiti, and another village was built on the Paramount Ranch in Malibu, CA. The filmmakers changed the name of the schooner in the story to accommodate the real name of the schooner used, The Golden State, which had been sailing for thirty years. The typhoon scene reportedly cost over $100,000 to produce. Selig produced a three-reel version of Ebb Tide in 1915, and Paramount released Ebb Tide in 1922, a silent feature based on the same source, directed by George Melford and starring Lila Lee and James Kirkwood (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1512). In 1947 Paramount released Adventure Island, also based on the Stevenson novel, which was directed by Peter Stewart and starred Rory Calhoun, Rhonda Fleming and Paul Kelly.