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Slave Ship is a 1937 film directed by Tay Garnett and starring Warner Baxter and Wallace Beery. The supporting cast features Mickey Rooney, George Sanders, Jane Darwell, and Joseph Schildkraut. This is one of only four films out of the forty-eight that Beery made during the sound era for which he didn't receive top billing.


Captain Lovett ordered his first mate Thompson to get rid of his slave-trading crew and get a more respectable bunch for standard shipping, but when he brings his new bride Nancy aboard he finds the same old setup, including slave trade.


  • Warner Baxter as Jim Lovett
  • Wallace Beery as Jack Thompson
  • Elizabeth Allan as Nancy Marlowe
  • Mickey Rooney as Swifty
  • George Sanders as Lefty
  • Jane Darwell as Mrs. Marlowe
  • Joseph Schildkraut as Danelo
  • Miles Mander as Corey
  • Arthur Hohl as Grimes
  • Douglas Scott as Young Boy at Launching
  • Minna Gombell as Mabel
  • Billy Bevan as Atkins
  • Francis Ford as Scraps
  • Jane Jones as Ma Belcher
  • J. Farrell MacDonald as Proprietor
  • J. P. McGowan as Helmsman
  • DeWitt Jennings as Snodgrass
  • Paul Hurst as Drunk
  • Dorothy Christy as Blonde
  • Charles B. Middleton as Slave Dealer
  • Dewey Robinson as Bartender
  • Holmes Herbert as Commander
  • Edwin Maxwell as Auctioneer
  • Herbert Heywood as Old Man at Launching
  • Winter Hall as Minister
  • Marilyn Knowlden as Christener at Launching
  • Arthur Aylesworth as Stranger