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(1936)

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  • Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree with Dutch's ideas and kick him out. Without a job or union card to get another he leaves Hattie to look for work. Hattiee steals money to help him when she learns he is really down on his luck and she goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie.

  • Dutch, a charismatic and hot headed tuna fisherman, stumbles into a prominent role in his fishery union. After a failed strike, Dutch is demoted and his pride is badly wounded. Dutch's ambitions force him to quit his job and drive apart him and his wife, an equally stubborn cannery worker named Hattie. Dutch and Hattie have an abiding love for one another, but must also overcome their pride.


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