Tiger Shark

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

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Tiger Shark

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

Tiger Shark

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.

Tiger Shark

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.

Barbary Coast

Edward G Robinson is owner of the Bella Donna Casino in 1899 San Francisco in Barbary Coast (1935).

Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast (1935) may not be one of Howard Hawks’ masterpieces, but it is certainly a 30s classic, with a great cast, great story and great production values by producer Samuel Goldwyn, the first of four films Sam produced with Hawks directing.

Barbary Coast

Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935), written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

Barbary Coast

Edward G Robinson sports his fanciest dress pants, vest, poofy tie and one dangly earring as Louis Chamalis in Barbary Coast (1935).

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

Tiger Shark

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.

Tiger Shark

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.

Tiger Shark

Edward G Robinson and Richard Arlen in a publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932).  It was one of Howard Hawks middling entertainments but the work scenes of the tuna fishermen are most realistic and exciting.