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Port of Hell (1954)

 -  Drama  -  5 December 1954 (USA)
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The new warden of a large American harbor raises the hackles of sailors and fishermen by his strict enforcement of all the safety rules. He takes the time, though, to romance the sister of his biggest rival.



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Credited cast:
Gibson 'Gibb' Pardee
Carole Mathews ...
Julie Povich
Marshall 'Marsh' Walker
Kay Walker
Stanley Povich
Otto Waldis ...
Captain Snyder, of the 'Benava'
Harold Peary ...
Tom Hubbard ...
Gene Roth ...
Detonation Ship Captain
Victor Sen Yung ...
Detonation Ship Radioman
James Alexander ...
Harbor Police Chief Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Fredericks ...
(as Charles E. Fredericks) (unconfirmed)


Gibson Pardee, U.S.N.R. the Port Warden of Los Angeles harbor, runs his office with an iron hand and is unbending under his responsibilities. Marshall Walker, his close ex-Navy friend and assistant, confined to a wheel chair, is happy with his wife Kay and their two small children. As the two had always feared, they learn that a freighter that just docked has an atomic bomb aboard. The ship captain, Snyder, tells them that the bomb may be set off anytime within the next 12 hours by a Communist "detonating" ship hovering somewhere off shore. To prevent panic, Gibson and Walker get Gibson's enemy, tugboat captain Stanley Povich, to agree to tow the bomb-ship to sea in a race against time. Written by Les Adams <>

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DANGER'S Own Port of Entry!







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5 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Porto do Inferno  »

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Surprisingly effective low-budget suspense thriller
25 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This little-known movie is good enough that it deserves to be better known. While no world-beater, it's certainly a lot better than other comments here suggest. It's well-acted, the story has an interesting premise, and it does build (albeit slowly) a good head of suspense by the end. Part of this is by the use of an odd whine or wail on the soundtrack during the scenes following the revelation that there is a bomb aboard the ship in question.

It's also helped by extensive location shooting in the San Pedro area; in fact, it appears that every frame of the film was shot on location.

Wayne Morris, who's often somewhat lacking, is very good here as a tough but intelligent tug boat captain.

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