Human Cargo (1936)

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Bonnie Brewster and Packy Campbell are rival reporters who board a ship in Vancouver to go after a smuggling ring which brings in illegal aliens.



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Complete credited cast:
Bonnie Brewster
Packy Campbell
Alan Dinehart ...
Lionel Crocker
District Attorney Carey
Helen Troy ...
Carmen Zoro (as Rita Cansino)
Morgan Wallace ...
Gilbert Fender
Herman Bing ...
Fritz Schultz
John McGuire ...
'Spike' Davis
Ralf Harolde ...
Tony Sculla
Wade Boteler ...
Bob McSweeney
Harry Woods ...
Ira Conklin
Wilfred Lucas ...
Police Chief


Bonnie Brewster ('Claire TRevor') and "Packy" Campbell (Brian Donlevy, rival reporters on competing newspapers, team up to put an end to a smuggling gang that brings illegal aliens to the United States, and then makes further victims of them by extortion payments. THey go to Vancouver, Canada and board a ship carrying aliens. But the gang recognizes them as reporters and gang-henchmen Tony Scula (Ralf Harolde) and Ira Conklin (Harry Woods, posing as government officials take them off the ship. But Campbell recognizes Scula as the gunman who killed Carmen Zoro (Rita Hayworth). Written by Les Adams <>

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19 June 1936 (USA)  »

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Gefährliche Fracht  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Interesting Potboiler with a now famous cast
7 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewed this film through the UCLA Film and Television Archive (though they sent me to their Paramount Lot to view since the print was being restored at the time). Since that time, this was shown at Cinecon Film Festival in 2014 in Los Angeles. This starred Claire Trevor in her usual role as a reporter trying to uncover the facts about illegal aliens being smuggled into the country and then used for slavery since their wages go to the gangsters who smuggled them in the country. Rita Hayworth is a nightclub performer who knows more about the operation than she would like, and is used to get a story for the reporters and ends up getting shot. Claire and Brian Donlevy do a great job as reporters with an easy banter and this is a very topical movie (even more so in today's climate). This is a movie that was worth saving and glad it is being shown more today.

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