Adventure's End


1h 3m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Pacific pearl diver Duke Slade escapes angry natives by joining a whaler whose dying captain persuades him to marry his daughter who is already being wooed by the first mate.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 12, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

In the South Seas, independent seaman Duke Slade saves twelve-year-old island native Kalo from a shark attack, and Kalo is thereafter his devoted companion. When they are chased away from an oyster grotto by natives, Duke escapes to a nearby town, where he climbs aboard the whaling vessel Mary Drew during the night. Duke gives Janet, Captain Abner Drew's daughter, the pearls he has gathered so far for safekeeping, and she promises to provide him with work on the ship. First mate Rand Husk protests, but Abner, who is on his deathbed, tells Duke that he can stay aboard if he will marry Janet, in order to prevent her from marrying the older Rand. Janet reluctantly agrees to this plan, and when Kalo comes aboard, he acts as witness to their marriage, after which Abner dies. Janet tells Rand that she will have the marriage annulled as soon as they return to Massachusetts with a cargo of whale oil. The crew dislike Duke, but Kalo tells them that Duke knows where a valuable pearl bed is located. Seaman Blackie tries to convince Duke to mutiny and turn the ship back to get the pearls, but Duke refuses. Rand hears that Duke was considering mutiny and picks a fight with him, but Duke beats him. A whale is sighted, and Rand takes a boat out with some men to harpoon it. Meanwhile, Blackie and other sailors say they are going to take the ship after the pearls. Duke gives his cache of pearls to the sailors to keep them from mutinying after Janet agrees to make him half-owner of the vessel and its captain. When Rand's foot is accidentally caught in rope attached to the whale, he falls overboard and is pulled through the water until Duke rescues him. The whale is captured and butchered, and the blubber is processed into oil. While Rand recovers, Duke turns the ship toward Massachusetts, but Blackie does not believe that Duke intends to ever return to the pearl bed and incites the crew to mutiny. Although Duke is tied up and suspended from a mast to torture him into revealing the location of the pearls, he does not give in. Blackie starts to sail the ship through a dangerously narrow strait. Kalo cuts Duke down, and with Rand's help they overtake the helm. Rand is shot by Blackie, who is knocked overboard by Kalo. The ship is saved, and before losing consciousness, Rand shows appreciation for Duke. They deliver the oil in Massachusetts where Duke plans to leave the ship, as he never really had any intention of being half-owner. When Duke borrows some of Abner's old clothes, however, Janet, who has fallen in love with him, tells him he can have the clothes and a share of the ship, which he has earned.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 12, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The plot and credits were obtained from a studio screen continuity.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1937

Released in United States 1937