Corsair (1931)

Chester Morris and Thelma Todd star in this 1931 film about a football coach who became a stock broker, but didn’t have the heart for stealing from widows and orphans. To ease his conscience, while still making a ton of money, he becomes a high seas pirate. This movie is loaded with 1931 witty banter. Thelma Todd plays the spoiled Wall Street heiress and siren.

Thelma Todd died in 1935 of carbon monoxide inhalation in her car inside the garage of Jewel Carmen, a former actress and former wife of Todd’s business partner Roland West. Was it suicide? Was it an accident? Was it her ex-husband or gangster Lucky Luciano? No one is sure, but it ended a career of 40 films in the late 20’s and 30’s.

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