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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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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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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 »

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An OK (2-stars out of 4) adventure on a tramp freighter.
14 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dangerous Passage is an OK (2-stars out of 4) adventure about a US oil worker from South America who inherits $200,000.00 in 1940's dollars (equivalent to more than 10 times that today). Problem is, how can he get to the US in one piece to cash in?

To keep things interesting, Phyllis Brooks, who was the beautiful real-life Ipana toothpaste girl of the 1930's and 40's just happens to be along for the long boat ride to the US. Hard to believe that at the tender age of 30, making only 2 more movies the following year.

A couple of twists to the plot seem to come from nowhere and defy understanding. But they keep it all interesting.

Dangerous Passage is as action packed as the cowboy adventures of the era. A touch slow in spots, but it does keep moving through its 1-hour running time. If you really like this movie (and it is pretty likable), then the movie, "Captain Scarface" is also for you. Both are adventure dramas set on tramp freighters, with the tough guy and the beautiful girl... a classic combination.


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