Outward Bound

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Eerie and unusual for its time, OUTWARD BOUND deals with a cross-section of citizens on board a ship heading to an unspecified destination. Digges plays the Examiner, a man who controls the fates of all the passengers, the majority of whom prove to be dead souls. Howard is excellent as an alcoholic who meets his mother on this strange voyage. Fairbanks...read more

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Eerie and unusual for its time, OUTWARD BOUND deals with a cross-section of citizens on board a ship heading to an unspecified destination. Digges plays the Examiner, a man who controls the fates of all the passengers, the majority of whom prove to be dead souls. Howard is excellent as an

alcoholic who meets his mother on this strange voyage. Fairbanks and Chandler are a young couple, the only living pair on the boat, whose suicide attempt fails when their dog breaks a window, saving them from suffocation. Based on a Broadway play of 1924, the unusual theme has unfortunately not

aged well. The story lurches forward at much too slow a pace, hampered further by outdated dialog and acting styles. Still, film historians will probably want to look at this for its technical aspects, which were quite good for the time. Lighting and fog effects are used with excellent results in

creating a supernatural atmosphere. To achieve the otherworldly setting, photographer Mohr had the set spray-painted a light gray, coupling it with gauze over the camera lens, and used fog machines. The first US film for Leslie Howard, who had appeared in the stage play taking the role played here

by Fairbanks. Mercer, Digges, and Watts reprise their stage roles. Remade in 1944 as BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and in 1961 as THE FLIGHT THAT DISAPPEARED.

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