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Outward Bound (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 November 1930 (USA)
Later remade as "Between Two Worlds."


Robert Milton, Ray Enright (uncredited)


Sutton Vane (by), J. Grubb Alexander (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Tom Prior
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Henry
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Midget
Dudley Digges ... Thompson - the Examiner (as Dudley Diggs)
Helen Chandler ... Ann
Alec B. Francis ... Scrubby
Montagu Love ... Mr. Lingley
Lyonel Watts Lyonel Watts ... Rev. William Duke
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Cliveden-Banks (as Allison Skipworth)


Henry and Ann are a young loving couple who have made a secret pact which they plan on executing at midnight. It involves stowing away on a passenger ship and leaving behind their beloved dog Laddy, a move they consider bittersweet. They seem somewhat apprehensive concerning their pact. Aboard the ship, a young man named Tom Prior, who seems to like his booze a little too much, has a feeling that something about the sailing is rather queer as everyone to who he speaks seems not to remember with who they are meeting or where they are going. The only exception is elderly socialite Mrs. Cliveden-Banks, who is off to meet her husband, Bunny. The only other passengers aboard are Catholic priest Reverend William Duke, wealthy business owner Mr. Lingley for who Tom used to work, and an uneducated working class elderly woman named Mrs. Midget. The only crew member is Scrubby, the steward. Tom eventually deciphers the nature of their trip, quicker than most that have taken it before have done.... Written by Huggo

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A Heavenly Picture of a Heavenly Hell! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 25 September 1930) See more »


Drama | Fantasy


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Leslie Howard's first American film. He had appeared in the stage version in London and New York, but not in the same role. Onstage he had played Henry. See more »


Version of Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) See more »

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Fine beyond compare
26 July 2003 | by njlionstormSee all my reviews

The cast's dramatic performance style reflects that of serious stage dramas of the time. Over all, the feel of this movie is very "English" when compared to the crudely mannered World War II era remake.

I was swept up into the young couple's dilemma. The dramatic tension of this (the original) version, is so finely honed that I found myself sitting on the edge of my chair, nervously biting my nails, on the verge of tears. The 1930s was truly the golden age of movies.

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Release Date:

29 November 1930 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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