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Captain Applejack (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Comedy, Drama | 31 January 1931 (USA)
An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.


Hobart Henley


Maude Fulton (screenplay & dialogue), Walter C. Hackett (play) (as Walter Hackett)


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Brian ... Poppy Faire
John Halliday ... Ambrose Applejohn
Kay Strozzi ... Madame Anna Valeska, aka Gladys
Alec B. Francis ... Lush, the Butler
Louise Closser Hale ... Aunt Agatha
Claud Allister ... John Jason (as Claude Allister)
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Kate Pengard
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Ivan Borolsky, aka Jim (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Otto Hoffman ... Horace Pengard
William B. Davidson ... Bill Dennett (as William Davidson)


An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.

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Timid teatoatler until he took a shot of romance. He's the roughest, toughest, swashbuckling buccaneer that ever took a lady's love by storm- and made her like it. He'll scuttle your blues with the greatest combination of laughs and thrills. (Print Ad- Portsmouth Times, ((Portsmouth, Ohio)) 28 January 1931)


Crime | Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play opened in New york on 30 December 1921. See more »


In the final scene where Ambrose Applejohn is climbing the wall with the help of a vine, it is clear by the action of the vine that it is controlled from above. See more »


Version of Strangers of the Night (1923) See more »


Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Music by R. Melish (1780)
Lyrics (poem to Celia) by Ben Jonson
Played on a bass violin by John Halliday
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Not About To Be Revived
27 April 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A little bit of research on the Broadway Database website confirms that the play Captain Applejack ran for 195 performances in the 1921-1922. It's the kind of fluff that people went to the theater to see back in the day, but wouldn't have any great audience today.

Watching it this morning two things struck me. It reminded a whole lot of George M. Cohan's Seven Keys To Baldpate which also takes place on a windswept stormy night with a group of strange characters intruding on someone's privacy. Further research shows that the producer on Broadway was Sam Harris, Cohan's producing partner who probably thought he had another similar show on his hands.

I also thought how perfect Leslie Howard or Ronald Colman would have been for the part. The film would be more well known today had either of them done it, though John Halliday does a fine job in the lead. He plays a comfortable squire with an estate in Cornwall who yearns for a more exciting life and expresses same to ward Mary Brian. Before long he's besieged by visitors who are giving him all kinds of stories and he discovers the family fortune may have had its foundation in stolen pirate loot.

Captain Applejack is a most dated item, fortunate indeed to have been preserved in both a silent and sound film. I doubt you'll see it revived on Broadway any time soon.

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