Tuna Clipper

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Tuna Clipper
Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Lindsley Parsons
Written by Scott Darling
Starring Roddy McDowall
Elena Verdugo
Roland Winters
Peter Mamakos
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography William A. Sickner
Edited by Ace Herman
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
April 10, 1949
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tuna Clipper is a 1949 American drama film directed by William Beaudine and starring Roddy McDowall, Elena Verdugo and Roland Winters. The film was reviewed by François Truffaut who described it as "A scenario whose charm lies in its modesty and honesty".[1]


A young man goes to work on a tuna boat to earn money to pay off debts. When his friend Frankie Pereira fails to place the wager of a ruffian named Ransom at the racetrack and the 10-to-1 longshot wins, Alec MacLennan is left holding the bag after Frankie flees. Forced to pay off the debt, Alec takes a job on the Pereira family's tuna fishing boat.

Frankie's tough brother Silvestre objects to Alec's presence and bullies him. After a while, their sister Bianca notices that the hard-working Alec never has any of his salary. She finds out how he is being extorted by Ransom, who is doing likewise to her brother after finding Frankie working as a stable boy at the track. Ransom's chicanery discovered, Alec is forgiven by all.



  1. ^ Dixon p.4


  • Dixon, Wheeler Winston. Early Film Criticism of François Truffaut. Indiana University Press, 1993.
  • Marshall, Wendy L. William Beaudine: From Silents to Television. Scarecrow Press, 2005.

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