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Roger Quain, who escorts two zoo-bound black panthers on the train from Milan to Paris, agrees to help a Western agent, Catherine Ullven, by hiding a microfilm in the collar of one of the ... See full summary »
In 1947, with only months remaining until the partition of British-administered Palestine, an American freighter captain smuggles European Jewish refugees ashore under the nose of the British authorities.
As far as I know, that's the only film noir directed by Frederic De Cordova. He made comedies, westerns and entertaining adventure movies with the gorgeous Yvonne De Carlo. But thrillers, none. So, it's a good surprise for me.
This one is a routine expose about an undercover man - Howard Duff - who is recruited by the police force, federal agents, to spoil a smuggling racket. Not great surprise in this flick. George Brent is the cop in charge of the undercover mission and Paul Stewart one of the the bad guys, the heavy of the film. Let's not forget Marta Toren. She contributes to this story.
In short, a well done movie, unusual for its director. Deserves to be seen.
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