Corsair (film)

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Directed by Roland West
Produced by Roland West
Written by Walton Green (novel Corsair)
Starring See below
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Ray June
Edited by Hal C. Kern
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 28 November 1931
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Corsair is a 1931 American gangster film directed by Roland West. The film is based on the novel Corsair by Walton Green and takes place in and was shot during the era of Prohibition in the United States.

Plot summary[edit]

A college football hero, John Hawks (Chester Morris) lets himself be goaded by a wealthy socialite, Alison Corning (Thelma Todd), into forgoing a job coaching the college team to be "a real man, and make real money" in the big city with her father, Stephen Corning (Emmett Corrigan), on Wall Street. He soon has more than he can stomach, making money by bilking the poor out of their meager savings with junk bonds. Mr. Corning tells John he doesn't have it what it takes to succeed in the brutal world of share trading. John replies he will seek a new line of work where he will not go after elderly widows' savings.

John decides to go after those who deserve to lose their money: bootleggers. He gets inside information on Big John's (Fred Kohler) rum-running operation from Slim (Ned Sparks) through his gun moll, Sophie. Sophie taps out the information in Morse code with her typewriter to a confederate who informs John of alcohol shipments. Hawks is a modern pirate. With his friend, 'Chub' (Frank McHugh), he captains the Corsair, a gunboat, which preys on bootleggers and then resells the cargo to their wealthy backers.

He only forgot two things: that in the cutthroat world of junk bonds and margin calls, they don’t use real knives, machine guns, and bombs, like the gangsters; and the girl hiding in the hold.


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