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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
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Robert Lowery (made many westerns in the 1940s and 1950s) is Joe Beck, who must return home to claim his inheritance. On his voyage home, Beck runs into trouble in the form of Nita Paxton, (Phyllis Brooks, who had appeared in a couple Charlie Chan movies, and only several others.) Dawson, the ship steward is also telling him to get off the ship as quickly as possible. Strong supporting roles by the captain, William Edmunds, Jack LaRue ( Captains Courageous) and Charles Arnt, whose accent comes and goes. Directed by William Berke, who directed "The Falcon" series of movies, as well as tons of westerns and army films. Another high seas murder adventure by Daniel Mainwaring, who had also written Hot Cargo, Alaska Seas, The Big Steal as Geoffrey Homes. At only 60 minutes, this film was part of the 50 Action-classics collection from Treeline/TCM. The sound and photography are pretty good, occasional vertical lines in several scenes. Good action story, although it's pretty obvious that when they are sitting at the beach on a stopover that its really a backdrop. Sharp viewers will also recognize Will Wright (from Andy Griffith episodes) as the Postman in Galveston.
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