|Directed by||Roland West|
|Produced by||Roland West|
|Written by||Walton Green (novel Corsair)|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||Hal C. Kern|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||28 November 1931|
|Running time||75 minutes|
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.
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.
- Chester Morris as John Hawks
- Thelma Todd as Alison Corning
- Fred Kohler as Big John
- Ned Sparks as Slim
- Emmett Corrigan as Stephen Corning
- William Austin as Richard Bentinck
- Frank McHugh as 'Chub' Hopping
- Frank Rice as Fish Face
- Mayo Methot as Sophie
- Gay Seabrook as Susie Grenoble
- Addie McPhail as Jean Phillips
- Al Hill
- Pat Hartigan
- Sidney D'Albrook
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