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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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Man Over Bored
28 December 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Robert Lowery (as Joe Beck) has been sweating it out in Central America for six years; then, his grandfather dies, and leaves him $200,000. Mr. Lowery is directed to sail for Galveston, Texas, on the "Southern Queen", to claim his inheritance. On the docks, he overcomes an attacker; then, after leaving the thug for dead, Lowery endeavors to take an earlier boat. Some mysterious whispering among passengers portends trouble for the voyage; still, Lowery takes the trip.

Inevitably, Lowery faces danger on board; and, of course, strikes up a romance with the mysterious Phyllis Brooks (as Nita Paxton). Lowery and Ms. Brooks make an attractive film couple. Brooks was once a model, and it shows. Later, Lowery would be cast as filmdom's second Batman, which is understandable. Charles Arnt (as Daniel Bergstrom) is an intriguing villain, or is he? The film's attempt to tie up every loose end is unsatisfactory.


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