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Vessel of Wrath

  • Film

Time Out says

Laughton's venture into independent production, of which this was the first fruit, afforded him a welcome opportunity to escape typecasting as a monster. Set in the Dutch East Indies, the Somerset Maugham story - gradual defrosting of a frigid spinster by a drunken reprobate ('I suppose I'm jealous of the reckless way he squanders the precious treasure of life') - may be clichéd, but Laughton's performance adds an extra dimension. Burdened and embarrassed by his homosexual inclinations, he obviously entered with gusto into this portrayal of a man with problems in every area of his life apart from sex. Playing opposite his real life wife, he carefully combines conventions of masculinity with the self-doubt and inadequacy of his own persona to create an almost Falstaffian screen character.
Written by RMy

Release Details

  • Duration:93 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Erich Pommer
  • Screenwriter:Bartlett Cormack, B Van Thal
  • Cast:
    • Charles Laughton
    • Elsa Lanchester
    • Tyrone Guthrie
    • Robert Newton
    • Dolly Mollinger
    • Eliot Makeham
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