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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Mystery Sea Raider- 1940 A quite well made low budget programmer. The film is set just before WW2 starts in Europe. Several Nazi's, Onslow Stevens, Roland Varno and Willy Kaufman, hire the Captain, Henry Wilcoxon and crew of a rundown and harmless looking merchant ship. They tell Wilcoxon they need to deliver some cargo to South America. Of course the U.S. Captain and crew have no idea that it is really Nazis who have hired them.
They set sail and several days later Germany attacks Poland. The Nazis pull out their guns and take over the ship. Of course the "cargo" turns out to be supplies for U-boats and raiders.
They meet with several U-boats who refuel from the now Nazi controlled ship. The Nazis use the neutral American ship as perfect cover to fool any British warships.
Needless to say the crew want to take the ship back. But how? I'm not telling! The rest of the cast includes the, "built like a brick s*******e" Carole Landis, Henry Victor, Kate Howard, Louis Aldon and Monte Blue.
This is a very well put together little wartime thriller. It is an early film from future big time director, Edward Dmytryk. Dmytryk made several cracker-jack film noir including, MURDER, MY SWEET, THE SNIPER and CROSS-FIRE. He is best known though as the director of the Bogart film, THE CAINE MUTINY.
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