Victor Seastrom and Jenny Hasselqvist in The Hell Ship 1923

   Victor Sjöström and Jenny Hasselqvist


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"The Hell Ship" is a drama created by director Victor Sjöström (Seastrom), a star of Silent Hall of Fame. The film features Jenny Hasselqvist, Matheson Lang, Victor Sjöström and others.

Victor Sjöström was successful in his native Sweden before making a career in the USA in 1924-1930.  His Hollywood films are still copyrighted, this is why we show you a film from his previous years. "The Hell Ship" was the last film he made in his native country before starting a career in the USA. Perhaps this was the film that convinced Hollywood producers and directors to invite him, and that invitation paid off, because Victor Sjöström created a number of masterpieces in the years to come.

A sailor's attempts to find work are unsuccessful for a long time. When he finally lands a job he discovers in horror that the ship's cargo is a mortal danger for everybody on board.


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