Sea Spoilers. 1936. USA. Directed by Frank R. Strayer. Screenplay by George Waggner, Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan. With John Wayne, Nan Grey, William Bakewell, Fuzzy Knight. 63 min.
Relegated to B-grade Westerns after the failure of his big-budget debut The Big Trail, John Wayne began the climb back to “A” status with a little-known series of Universal programmers produced by Paul Malvern. Directed by Poverty Row stalwart Frank R. Strayer, Sea Spoilers was the first of Wayne’s Universal efforts. In this breezy, high-seas adventure set off the Alaskan coast, Coast Guard commander Wayne searches for his fiancee (Nan Grey), who has been kidnapped by seal poachers. 35mm.