Tiger Shark

As is consistent with Howard Hawks all throughout his career, the action scenes in Tiger Shark (1932) are still highly enjoyable in the 21st century.

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Edward G Robinson as Mike Mascarenhas loses a hand to a Tiger Shark (1932).

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production still for Tiger Shark (1932).  This was Howard Hawks’ third film at Warner Brothers.  He would return there more often than any other Hollywood studio throughout his career.  The Dawn Patrol (1930) was his first sound film for a Hollywood studio, and he also made The Crowd Roars for the WB.

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Edward G Robinson and Zita Johann are newlyweds in Tiger Shark (1932) with Edward’s best friend Richard Arlen resting below.

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This time Howard Hawks’ work crew is fishermen off the coast of San Diego, in Tiger Shark (1932).

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publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932) with Richard Arlen, Zita Johann and Edward G Robinson.   Richard was born in St Paul, Minnesota and had 178 acting credits, from an uncredited bit in 1921, to 1976.  Richard’s films among the best 1,001 are Wings, The Virginian, Alice in Wonderland (as the Cheshire Cat), and The Best Man.

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Leila Bennett as Muggsey, Richard Arlen and Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932).  Leila was born in Newark, New Jersey and had 22 acting credits, from an uncredited bit in 1931, through Fury in 1936, also starring Paul Muni.   Leila was also in two 1930s horror films, Doctor X and Mark of the Vampire.

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Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932).  He worked with Howard Hawks again on Barbary Coast (1936) for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.

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Edward G Robinson takes aim as a tuna fisherman in Tiger Shark (1932).

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Another common theme with Howard Hawks’ work groups, seen here in Tiger Shark (1932) is the sing-along.  It’s a device for his teams to share good times away from work.  Similar scenes occur in Only Angels Have Wings and Hatari.

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Richard Arlen and Zita Johann are two sides of a Hawks triangle in Tiger Shark (1932).

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Tuna fisherman Edward G Robinson loses a hand to a Tiger Shark (1932) in a workplace accident.

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Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932), Howard Hawks’ third film at Warner Brothers, his favorite studio over the course of his studio hopping career.  His first sound film, The Dawn Patrol, was made at the studio, as well as his two classics with Bogart and Bacall.

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Edward G Robinson as tuna fisherman Mike Mascarenas in Tiger Shark (1932).  The film supposedly takes place in San Diego, but the action scenes were filmed in Hawaii and Monterey in Northern California, with the rest being filmed in Hollywood.

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Zita Johann as Quita Silva in Tiger Shark (1932).  Zita was born in what is now Rumania, and had eight acting credits in her career, from 1931 to 1934 with a final appearance as a librarian in 1986.  She is best remembered opposite Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1932).