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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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5 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this movie in the early sixties in LA when I was a little boy. The above reviews are on point with the comments about it being a bad movie. However I always watched it because of the love story. Dane Clark and Carole Mathews always portrayed real tough customers in their own movies . So to see them interact in this one was a real treat. The old saying about the consequences of a meeting between an irresistible force and a immovable object is played out in human terms with both actor and actress. Of course with all of the clashing and arguing sparks are bound to fly. If I remember they never kiss but she does slap him and I know that he wants to slug her. It was just nice to see adults behaving like school kids when trying to express love for each other. This pattern of hate - love has been a part of my ,modus vivendi, way of living and love for a long time. That probably explains why I like and miss such a terribly bad movie I used to visit San Pedro when I was growing up and I agree that most of the scenes are on the harbor.

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