Marie is kidnapped and taken aboard ship, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a café in the Panama Canal zone. There she gets involved in a plot to destroy the canal and runs into American intelligence officer Crawbett.
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Marie Galante, a pretty French deliverer of telegrams, is inadvertently abducted by a drunken sea captain bound for Central America. Escaping in Mexico, Marie travels down the coast trying to find a way back home to France. In the Panama Canal Zone, she finds work as a singer and piques the interest of several men: Tenoki, a Japanese merchant, Brogard, his German competitor, Ratcliff, a British diplomatic agent, and Dr. Crawbett, ostensibly a researcher into tropical diseases. In fact, one or more of these men is involved in espionage and a plot to sink the U.S. fleet as it passes through the canal. Naive Marie cannot believe anything nefarious is afoot, but the handsome Dr. Crawbett convinces her to help him uncover the saboteur. But Marie is not sure she can trust even Crawbett. Written by
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The film begins with a French girl (Ketti Gallian) being accidentally taken aboard a ship and dropped in Central America. She is trying desperately to find her way back home and has only made it as far the Panama Canal when she falls into a plot to possibly blow up the canal. Officials think a man named "Reiner" is behind it but no one knows who this man is--and much of the film the viewer is left guessing.
Despite Spencer Tracy starring in this film, it is not a particularly distinguished film. Part of this is because it was made before Tracy went to MGM--when Twentieth-Century Fox was regularly putting him in very ordinary films. This one, despite a few good supporting character actors, sure looks like a B-movie--with an okay script and nothing to particularly distinguish it. As for Gallian's performance, it was not particularly good and after just a few more Hollywood films, her career would be over in the USA.
Note the Japanese agent in the film. He looked and sounded about as Japanese as Clark Gable!! Also, in another move towards creating an especially sensitive film(!), Steppin Fetchit has a small role as well.
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