At the outset of World War II, June McCarthy meets Carl Cutler aboard the S.S.Aleria, a British vessel en route to New York from London, where she has been dancing. The ship is sunk in ... See full summary »
At the outset of World War II, June McCarthy meets Carl Cutler aboard the S.S.Aleria, a British vessel en route to New York from London, where she has been dancing. The ship is sunk in mid-voyage by an unidentified submarine, and Cutler aids in rescuing June. As they arrive safely in Manhattan, June asks Cutler to contact her fiancé, Jimmy Madden, about the use of his stranded freighter, "Apache", in Cutler's "import business." By this action, she has unwittingly aided Cutler, who is an undercover Nazi naval officer, with acquiring a "mother ship" for German submarines in the Atlantic. Cutler charters the "Apache" and also kidnaps June who, he fears, might realize he was responsible for the sinking of the "Alleria." When the ship is at sea, a submarine comes along-side, and the crew climbs aboard to be met by Cutler and his aides in full uniform. Madden is informed that Cutler is now the ship's captain, and then takes the ship on missions of commerce raiding in the Carribbean, with ... Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Excellent wartime thriller that seems to have been lost to the ages. definitely worth a bag of popcorn and a soda.
Who said the US was neutral before we got into the war? On the eve of the Second World War a ship captain named Madden is biding his time until the bank repossesses his ship. He is also waiting on the return of his girl, June, from Europe. While sailing home June makes the acquaintance of a German passenger, Carl Cutler. He tries to romance her but it doesn't go well, however they remain friends. War breaks out and Cutler radios the ships position to a submarine and it is sunk. Both June and Carl are rescued and arrive in New York, where she introduces the Madden to Carl who proposes fixing up his ship and getting it out of hock so they can make runs to South America. Unfortunately Carl's real plan is to use the ship as a sea raider to attack Germany's enemies.
Nifty little (slightly Pre)wartime propaganda about the foul Germans using the US as a cover for their evil plans. I had never heard of this film until I ran across a copy for sale at a nostalgia show. The odd title and the briefest of plot descriptions was enough to pique my interest. Well made despite being aimed at the bottom of a double bill this is a film that draws you and and keeps you interested until the final fade out. While I know that its impossible for someone to be trumpeting or mentioning every film, I'm a little shocked that no one I know seems to have run across the film before except in a list of the films by the various stars of the film (Carol Landis, Henry Wilcoxon, Onslow Stevens, Monte Blue and others). This is a really good film and one of the few of late that really feels like a full evenings entertainment by itself. This is one to keep your eyes out for. I don't know if Turner Classics or Fox Movie Channel or even American Movie Classics has the right to run this but which ever does its something that really should be put back into circulation. (I'm planning on loaning this out to friends who like this sort of thing.) A solid 7.5 out of 10.
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