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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Hazard (screen play)
Richard Sale (based on the book "Not Too Narrow... Not Too Deep" by)
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Release Date:
1 March 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Angel of Devil's Island See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Julie

Clark Gable ... Verne
Ian Hunter ... Cambreau

Peter Lorre ... M'sieu Pig

Paul Lukas ... Hessler

Albert Dekker ... Moll
J. Edward Bromberg ... Flaubert
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Telez

John Arledge ... Dufond
Frederick Worlock ... Grideau (as Frederic Worlock)
Bernard Nedell ... Marfeu
Victor Varconi ... Fisherman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Adair ... Guard (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Guard (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Constable (uncredited)

Betty Compson ... Suzanne (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Convict (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Guard (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Guard (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Orderly (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Watchman (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Guard (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Benet (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Convict (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Guard (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Renard (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Convict (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Guard (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Moussenq - Convict (uncredited)
Art Miles ... First Subordinate (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Dunning (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Second Subordinate (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Guard (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Georges - a Guard (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Convict (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Guard (uncredited)
Hal Wynants ... Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Hazard (screen play)

Richard Sale (based on the book "Not Too Narrow... Not Too Deep" by)

Anita Loos  adaptation (uncredited)
George Oppenheimer  uncredited
Lesser Samuels  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
Frank Borzage .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... make-up creator
 
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Daniel B. Cathcart .... associate art director
Henry Noerdlinger .... construction supervisor: Guiana (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5982) | USA:PG (TV rating)
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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:
Continuity: The escapees finally reach the beach after hiking through the jungle. Their clothing, although made to look torn, shows no signs of soil despite various fist fights, plunging into quick sand, falling in water, pulling themselves from the river, and making their way through dense undergrowth - such as threadbare or torn fabric in the area of the knee or staining along the bottom leg of the trouser.See more »
Quotes:
Julie:Remember this Pig, you're the one man in the world I could never get low enough to touch. Now, get outta here and leave me alone!See more »
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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The Angel of Devil's Island, 16 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Strange Cargo referred to in the title is in the person of Ian Hunter who is a mysterious other world convict who comes upon a group of them planning to escape from Devil's Island. It's a strange film, Strange Cargo with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford in the very last of eight films they were paired in by MGM.

Crawford dusts off her Sadie Thompson role for her character here. Even with the Code firmly in place it's rather obvious that Crawford is a working girl. She's free, but stranded on that notorious convict island. Gable is essentially the same cynical tough guy he played in so many MGM features at that time.

Ian Hunter is the mysterious stranger among them. These aren't a group of choir boys he comes among. Yet one by one as they die he brings a peace that passeth all understanding as the Good Book says. The escapees all don't die, but all but one come under his influence.

I'm surprised that TCM did choose this one for its theme this June of gays in the cinema. Prison films even during the days of the Code were a bit more open in treatment of homosexuality. The relationship of Albert Dekker and young John Arledge is rather obvious. Dekker in fact chooses a gruesome suicide rather than live without Arledge after he dies.

In fact what's really startling to me was that the heavenly figure that Ian Hunter represents neither condemns suicide or homosexuality. I'm really wondering how the censors of the day let that one slip through.

Paul Lukas has a very interesting part. He's today what we would consider a serial killer, he's married and killed many women for their money. He's cool and cynical and rejects Hunter's entreaties. When Hunter says they will never meet again, the line is loaded with implications.

Strange Cargo is a strange film. It's not bad, but could have been a lot better without code restrictions.

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