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Dangerous Passage (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  18 December 1944 (USA)
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Joe Beck leaves Central America so that he can return to Texas and collect a large inheritance, but he picks a dangerous ship on which to travel.

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowery ...
Joe Beck
Phyllis Brooks ...
Nita Paxton
Charles Arnt ...
Daniel Bergstrom
Jack La Rue ...
Mike Zomano
John Eldredge ...
Vaughn
Victor Kilian ...
Buck Harris, 1st Mate
Alec Craig ...
Dawson the Steward
William Edmunds ...
Captain Saul
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While living in Central America, Joe Beck receives word that his grandfather has passed away and left him $200,000. Beck prepares to travel to Galveston, Texas to claim his inheritance, with the important papers that he will need. When he is assaulted soon afterward, he changes plans and takes a ship leaving that night. Also on board is Nita, who herself seems to be in a hurry to leave port. Beck receives a number of veiled threats and warnings, and then is almost killed by an accident on deck. Beck soon realizes that he is facing two serious problems: an attempt to defraud him of his inheritance, and another plan to stop him from finding out what the ship's crew is up to. Written by Snow Leopard

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STRANGE EVENTS! WEIRD HAPPENINGS! ABOARD A FREIGHTER FROM HONDURAS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Film-Noir

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Good Story, Otherwise Not Much Going For It
2 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The good story setup keeps this action feature going, and makes it worth seeing even though the rest of it is not of particularly good quality. The cast is only adequate, and the production is low-budget in almost every respect. Some of it is covered over by the use of fog, dark passageways, and similar devices in many of the scenes, which gives it a little bit of atmosphere.

The story idea itself is a good one. It follows an American who is living in semi-exile in Central America when he receives news of a large inheritance back in Texas. As he returns to claim it, he finds himself in the middle of two hazardous situations, with one group planning to get him out of the way so that they can grab his inheritance, and part of the ship's crew wanting to get rid of him for reasons of their own. For much of the story, he's not sure whom, if anyone, he can trust.

It's the kind of story that can make a great movie with the right cast and director. Here, it has little help, although it's good enough to make the rest of the movie watchable. The cast is largely unexceptional, although Alec Craig provides a good characterization of the frightened ship's steward, and Phyllis Brooks is at least pleasant to look at. The shady lawyer character is rather obviously intended to be a low-budget version of Sydney Greenstreet's character in "The Maltese Falcon". He provides a few mildly amusing moments, while at other times he falls a bit flat.


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