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
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 »
The same set is used for the cabins of Nita and Joe. The give-away is the identical pattern of stain on the inside of the cabin door. See more »
Set largely aboard a ship, this noir-ish programmer could be seen as the poor man’s JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1942) – the splendid (if relatively neglected) Orson Welles thriller; on the other hand, the villain of the piece was all-too-obviously modeled on Sidney Greenstreet’s character from THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)!
The object of contention, this time around, is nothing more remarkable than an inheritance – which the hero (Robert Lowery) catches a run-down steamer in order to acquire; however, he stumbles on an insurance-fraud scheme involving the skipper and mate of the vessel (which the steward and a former chanteuse – pretty Phyllis Brooks – are actually investigating incognito in their own right). Typically, hero and heroine begin on the wrong foot but soon discover they’re made for each other (despite her being coveted by one other shady passenger on board). Eventually, a couple of attempts are made on Lowery’s life and Brooks is kidnapped by the villain and his accomplice (who join the party en route) in order to hand over the letter that would lay claim to the money awaiting the hero – he’s not personally known to the notary, so anyone could pass for him!
Despite a trim length of just 61 minutes, the film is slow-going and, frankly, too dull to be engaging – nor is it helped, for that matter, by the wholly artificial fog-bound atmosphere…
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