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Sealed Cargo (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  19 May 1951 (USA)
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During the war off Nova Scotia a fishing boat comes across a badly damaged Danish schooner with only the captain aboard after it has apparently been shelled by a German U-boat. Not ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat Bannon
Carla Balenda ...
Margaret McLean
Capt. Skalder
Philip Dorn ...
Onslow Stevens ...
Cmdr. James McLean
Skip Homeier ...
Eric Feldary ...
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Skipper Ben
Arthur Shields ...
Kevin Dolan
Morgan Farley ...


During the war off Nova Scotia a fishing boat comes across a badly damaged Danish schooner with only the captain aboard after it has apparently been shelled by a German U-boat. Not realising the sinister real purpose of the larger boat, the fishermen agree to tow it into an isolated harbour. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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whaler | u boat | german | passenger | agent | See more »


SAVAGE PASSIONS aflame in the North Atlantic! Unleashed by treachery...hate...violence!


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19 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Sealed Cargo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The invasion of Denmark by Nazi Germany started on April 9th, 1940 and lasted only 6 hours. The invasion was called Operation Weserubung and the occupation lasted until 1945. See more »


A crewman states that the mystery vessel must be Danish because the only remaining square riggers are Danish. In fact, Germany also had square rigged ships during this period. One became the American Coast Guard "Eagle" and one the Russian "Tovarisch" as war prizes taken following World War II. See more »

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Opening Credits: FOREWARD When war engulfs the world, giant forces are marshalled for conflict. Smashing victories are won and heroes are heralded far and wide. Often forgotten are the small victories, the acts of great personal courage by little people. This is the story of one small victory in World War II. See more »

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Resupplying The Wolfpack
16 September 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sealed Cargo would have been a typical war film had RKO done it in 1943 when people were willing to buy these kind of plots. By 1951 this had become clearly outdated. Howard Hughes must have been going through some old scripts and/or story ideas and came up with this one and said it would be a great film still.

Dana Andrews stars in this film as Gloucester fishing boat captain whom we meet still griping because his is deemed a necessary occupation and he can't get in the fight. Still he takes his boat out for a run in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with a special passenger in Carla Ballenda who wants to go there to meet her dad Onslow Stevens who is in the Canadian Air Force until recently invalided out.

On the way Andrews spots a deserted ghost schooner ship with only her captain still on board, Claude Rains somewhat disheveled. He gives the ship a tow into the small fishing village he was to drop Ballenda off in. But the trading schooner is a disguise for the ship being the mother ship of a Nazi U-boat wolfpack. She's carrying in a secret compartment a load of torpedoes for the U-boats to reload and do their dirtiest fighting with.

This film was so dated by 1951 the audience then must have been stunned. The players to their credit go at it with a straight face, especially Claude Rains who is a sinister figure among the ridiculous. Dana Andrews is a proper tightlipped hero.

Sealed Cargo is a World War II propaganda exercise that someone forgot to make back then and then remembered in 1951.

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