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Walter Reisch (story)
Lamar Trotti (writer)
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Release Date:
5 August 1938 (USA) See more »
Irish immigrant meets returning war correspondent on a liner bound for New York. When she resists the amours of another passenger, charges result in her being detained at Ellis Island. | Add synopsis »
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Don Ameche, Arleen Whelan and John Carradine See more (2 total) »


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Don Ameche ... Dick Court

Arleen Whelan ... Catherine O'Shea

Gregory Ratoff ... Prince Michael Boris Alexis

Binnie Barnes ... Mrs. Fay Sims

Gilbert Roland ... Tony Cadona

Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Benjamin McNutt

John Carradine ... Leader of Refugees
Maurice Moscovitch ... Grandpa Hlawek (as Maurice Moscovich)

Harry Carey ... Commissioner Nelson

Lyle Talbot ... Henry Porter
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Arabella McNutt

Fritz Leiber ... Dr. Weilander

Warren Hymer ... Guard-Waiter

Eddie Conrad ... Davonsky (as Eddy Conrad)

E.E. Clive ... Room Steward

Russell Hicks ... Ernest Porter

C. Montague Shaw ... Captain (as Montague Shaw)
Charles Coleman ... Purser
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Englishman
Albert Conti ... Count
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carol Adams ... Girl (uncredited)

Robert Allen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ... Frau Hlawek (uncredited)

James Blaine ... Guard (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Rabbi (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Friend of Mrs. McNutt (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Nurse (uncredited)

Joan Carroll ... Child (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ... Old Man (uncredited)

Joan Castle ... Sob Sister (uncredited)

Glen Cavender ... Immigrant (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Inspector (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Inspector (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Victor De Linsky ... Immigrant (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... Immigrant (uncredited)
Angela DeWitt ... Mama Hlawek (uncredited)
Larry Dods ... Steward (uncredited)
George Du Count ... Papa Hlawek (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Guard (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Gang Member (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Guard (uncredited)
Elisabeth Fröhlich ... Immigrant (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Guard (uncredited)

Mary Gordon ... Scottish Mother (uncredited)

Lillian Harmer ... Matron (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Guard (uncredited)

J. Anthony Hughes ... Irish Inspector (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Inspector (uncredited)

Hazel Keener ... Mother (uncredited)

Robert Kellard ... Reporter (uncredited)

Joe King ... Inspector (uncredited)
Nicholas Kobliansky ... Interpreter (uncredited)

Robert Lowery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Motorboat Man (uncredited)
Adolph Milar ... Immigrant (uncredited)
Rudolf Myzet ... Interpreter (uncredited)

John Northpole ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Guard (uncredited)

Imboden Parrish ... Reporter (uncredited)

Addison Richards ... Inspector (uncredited)

Tom Ricketts ... Old Man (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Steward (uncredited)
Bobby Samrich ... Hlawek Son (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Guard (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova ... Immigrant (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Inspector (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Friend of Mr. McNutt (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ... Boy (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Motorboat Man (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Charles C. Wilson ... Inspector (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred L. Werker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walter Reisch  story
Lamar Trotti  writer

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Samuel G. Engel .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager 
Film Editing by
James B. Morley 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Albert Hogsett 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Ratoff .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... musical director

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Actor Don Ameche considered "Gateway" the worst film he had ever done.See more »


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Don Ameche, Arleen Whelan and John Carradine, 14 April 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

1938's "Gateway" is yet another little seen Fox feature among John Carradine's early years as a character star, again teaming him opposite Don Ameche, from "Ramona," "Love Under Fire," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "The Three Musketeers." Ameche headlines as war correspondent Dick Court, returning to the US aboard a liner bound for New York, meeting lovely Irish girl Catherine O'Shea (Arleen Whelan), who will be marrying her fiancée, Henry Porter (Lyle Talbot), as soon as she arrives. Complications set in when the overtly flirtatious Benjamin McNutt (Raymond Walburn) makes one pass too many at the still single beauty, succeeding only in knocking himself out. His irate wife refuses to acknowledge the truth about her philandering husband, raising some moral issues concerning the innocent girl. Blaming himself for her predicament, the now smitten Court decides to help Catherine any way he can, accompanying her to Ellis Island (the Statue of Liberty serves as the 'Gateway to Freedom'), where the less than cordial greeting from her intended does not go unnoticed. John Carradine makes his long awaited entrance a full hour into this 75 minute feature, the unnamed 'Leader of Refugees,' all awaiting deportation at Ellis Island, taking advantage of Court's untimely imprisonment to attempt a breakout. It's a small part, typical of many such roles at Fox, until after "Drums Along the Mohawk" and "The Grapes of Wrath" at least put him in a higher bracket of supporting players. Harry Carey again provides solid authority, while Gilbert Roland supplies some welcome villainy. What really deserves to be seen is the breathtaking, auburn haired beauty of little used Arleen Whelan, coming off her debut performance opposite Warner Baxter in "Kidnapped" (my first sight of her came in the 1941 Charlie Chan finale at Fox, "Castle in the Desert").

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