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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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Hessler
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Moll
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Flaubert
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Telez
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford's wardrobe consisted of three ready-to-wear dresses which cost under $40 and she wore one of them throughout the twenty-seven days of filming. 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: So you outsmarted me, huh?
Julie: That's what happens, they tell me, when smart people get together. One of them winds up ahead.
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Pretty darn strange!
14 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This entertaining conflation of "Rain," "Island of Doomed Men," and "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" throws Joan Crawford and Clark Gable into a lifeboat with the incarnation of Jesus Christ, which is worth the price of the video already. Add a lovesick Peter Lorre (clearly worth ten Gables) pattering after the unreceptive Miss Crawford, who keeps calling him "Monsieur Pig," and you've got substance. Unforgettable camp of the highest order.


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