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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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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: I don't know what you'll look like tomorrow, but right now, baby, you're the most beautiful dame in the world.
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Great film, a fantasy about God among us.
17 July 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

In disagreement with other viewers I found nothing UNEASY about this picture. The film, a great one, deals with a "Strange" character (Cambreau)who by his mannerisms and wisdom hint at his being God incarnate. The question then arises as to why God would come among a group of sinners, convicts and scum. The script is well-written and stimulates a great deal of feeling. The writer certainly was able to bring biblical principals to pass on the screen with well- employed similes. If one knows the bible at all, then they would know that Jesus Christ did exactly that and when he asked why he answered that it was the sick who needed a physician... NOT the well. All of the roles are well-acted. This picture is certainly in my top 20.


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