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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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Two masterpieces in a year. 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)
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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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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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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Two masterpieces in a year., 14 October 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

In 1940,Frank Borzage gave two great movies in a row.In these trouble times ,it was a true tour de force to achieve that."Strange cargo" and "mortal storm" are admirable works,works of redemption,full of compassion for the human race .Hats off to you,M.Borzage,you who are often ignored when they list their favorite directors.

A user wrote that "strange cargo" was ahead of its time.It's so obvious that even now,it remains demanding ,deep,and absorbing.When you see where the adventures movie has gone,the likes of Indiana and co,you wonder that some works like that have been produced. "Strange cargo" anticipates the cinema future.In several respects it's John Huston before John Huston,but with more faith in the human nature. I would go as far as saying the first part is some kind of Bunuel's "la mort en ce jardin"(1956),but a Christian(!) Bunuel.The users who saw the Spanish director 's underrated film will be struck by the analogies between the two works .Gable's and Crawford' characters resemble George Marchal's and Simone Signoret's in "la mort en ce jardin".Or rather the other way about.

The main difference is the indomitable faith in God that Cambreau displays in the whole movie.His face radiates like a Christ,and Ian Hunter outshines the two stars Gable and Crawford.His performance ,subdued and sober,but always mesmerizing ,fascinates.There are unforgettable scenes:the beach ,where he opens the gates of eden for some kind of thief ;the cask of fresh water;his strange predictions;Clark Gable screaming "I'm God!" after throwing him into the water.The movie often verges on fantastic,but a spiritual and sustained fantastic,not drivel such as "IJ and the last crusade".

"Strange cargo" was followed by "mortal storm" ,which iseven more superior to it.Here ,Borzage anticipates on Minnelli "the four horsemen of the Apocalypse" 1961) and Visconti (la caditi degli dei 1969).His love for the human race is still beaming:in a world gone mad where nazi hate oozes everywhere,there will be several Cambreau to heal the wounds :Mr.and Mrs Roth,Martin,Freya and the old Mrs Breitner.

Do not miss his earlier works ,pacifist ones of course :"three comrades " and "no greater glory".Should they give a Nobel price of cinema,Frank Borzage would have been a strong contender in his lifetime.



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