|Directed by||William Beaudine|
|Produced by||Lindsley Parsons|
|Written by||Scott Darling|
|Music by||Edward J. Kay|
|Cinematography||William A. Sickner|
|Edited by||Ace Herman|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
|April 10, 1949|
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".
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.
- Roddy McDowall as Alec MacLennan
- Elena Verdugo as Bianca Pereira
- Roland Winters as E.J. Ransom
- Peter Mamakos as Capt. Manuel Pereira
- Rick Vallin as Silvestre Pereira
- Michael Vallon as Papa Pereira
- Russell Simpson as Capt. Fergus MacLennan
- Doris Kemper as Anne MacLennan
- Dickie Moore as Frankie Pereira
- Richard Avonde as Pete, a Pereira crewman
- Victor Sen Yung as Oriental Dock Worker
- 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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