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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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Cast

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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)
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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)
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)
 
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)
 
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:
USA:113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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Although Crawfod was top-billed on all release prints, Gable's name was first in all publicity material. This was his first film following Gone with the Wind (1939).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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Julie:When you've drifted as much as I have then you're glad to drop anchor - even if it is in the mud.See more »
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16 out of 23 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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