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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:
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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:
Received a condemned rating from the Legion of Decency for "irreverent use of Scripture" and "lustful complications." Even after the studio made the changes demanded, distribution was sharply cut by cities refusing to book it.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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André Verne:You hate hard, baby, so you love hard.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
not your typical Gable and Crawford film, 22 April 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Strange Cargo" is a 1940 film starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable that leaves the usual story lines behind - romantic comedy, kept woman, rags to riches - as it weaves an allegorical tale of escaping prisoners and a Christ-like figure who accompanies them. Gable is Andre Verne, a prisoner on Devil's Island who escapes with several other prisoners (Paul Lukas, Albert Dekker, Eduardo Ciannelli, J. Edward Bromberg and John Arledge). During the evening count, he's almost found missing but another man, Cambreau (Ian Hunter) replaces him in line. He then boards the boat to the mainland with them and Julie (Crawford), probably a prostitute, who is escaping also from a lecherous bounty hunter (Peter Lorre).

The prisoners fall on hard times as they escape through the woods and also while at sea when their water becomes tainted. Cambreau gives each prisoner comfort and helps them to confront the evil that brought them to Devil's Island, helping to bring them peace at last. This is not lost on Julie who sees a chance for redemption. Verne, however, isn't interested.

This is a very simple story beautifully directed by Borzage. The atmosphere of the film is dark and haunting. There is no preachiness. The sheer power of Cambreau and his sense of faith is what brings the prisoners solace. Hunter is majestic in the role. Gable is appropriately tough, and Crawford brings depth to Julie, who thought she knew what she wanted. The rest of the cast is top-notch.

"Strange Cargo" seems like a film that was made in the early '30s with its Christian parable. This was the last film that Crawford and Gable made together. Its powerful message makes this a fitting ending for a fine MGM team.

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