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Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  1 March 1940 (USA)
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Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

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Cast

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Ian Hunter ...
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M'sieu Pig
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Hessler
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Moll
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Flaubert
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Telez
John Arledge ...
Dufond
Frederick Worlock ...
Grideau (as Frederic Worlock)
Bernard Nedell ...
Marfeu
Victor Varconi ...
Fisherman
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Storyline

Verne wants nothing more than to escape from a penal colony located off the northern coast of South America. He tries to involve Julie, a saloon girl, in his plans but she turns him in to the authorities. On Verne's next try, he piggybacks on the escape of six other convicts and runs into Julie again in the process. One of the convicts is a spiritual figure who seems to know what will happen before anyone else. The group attempts to travel through the jungle, board a boat, and make it to the mainland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Not Too Deep  »

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Budget:

$1,252,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford intended to portray her character without any make-up but Crawford later told 'Silver Screen' magazine that she cheated and used Vaseline on her eyelids, eyebrows, and lips to retain moisture. In one scene while using the top of an old tomato can as a mirror Crawford applied brilliantine to her hair. See more »

Goofs

At one point we see Verne (Clark Gable) escape by jumping out a window into the water. A short while later, on land, he pulls a bible out from inside his shirt to check a map printed inside. As he flips through the pages of the bible, there is no sign whatsoever that this book got wet. This bible - which he carried unprotected - should have shown obvious signs of water immersion (damp edges, soggy paper, etc.) but it appears to be perfectly dry. See more »

Quotes

André Verne: Whenever you want sanctuary, babe, here's where you'll find it.
[tapping thumb to chest]
André Verne: Right here, in the ol' temple.
Julie: Don't tap your heart, you'll break your finger. And if you're sanctuary, I'll take whatever else is lying around.
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Breathtaking and Satisfying Gem!
1 August 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

What a shocker! Even as a committed Gable fan, I was not prepared for the simple greatness of this movie. Why it is not considered to be a Gable classic, I do not know.

Ploughing the ground for later epics, such as McQueen's Papillon, this tale manages to touch a deeper and more fertile vein. Combines all the elements of a Hollywood classic from the Golden Age such as danger, drama, romance and desperation and yet without any aspect being a makeweight. Even more remarkable is the effortless ease with which the film places our deepest questions beside a gritty and genuinely exciting story. This film offers so much for Gable and Crawford fans but is definitely a must see for anyone!


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