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David Jason's most famous film appearance of the 1970's was opposite Graham Chapman in 'The Odd Job' but five years earlier he played the lead role in this very low budget comedy. His character is a daydreamer but he manages to get caught up in an adventure involving the hugely underated Imogen Hassall. There is even an appearance from a pre Darth Vader Dave Prowse although his character closer resembles the one he played in 'Callan'. Written by
WHITE CARGO is, if you will, a scuzzy, British comedy version of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, with a then-unknown David Jason taking on the role of the cowardly guy who dreams himself to be a superhero. Before long, what do you know, he's found himself involved in a plot involving spies and a criminal gang, and he has to beat the odds to get the ladies and win the day.
Made during the scuzzy early 1970s and scripted by the almost-legendary David McGillivray (FRIGHTMARE), this is an oddly tame entry into the British sex comedy genre that turns out to have no sex and very little nudity in it. Don't get me wrong, there are some lovely ladies present here - including the tragic Imogen Hassall, in a central role - but not much is actually done with them, apart from using them as window dressing.
The quality of WHITE CARGO is pretty low, but the presence of Jason lifts it from obscurity and he can be relied on to give a good performance at the very least. There's also a nice role for Dave Prowse (HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN), who starts out as a strip club bouncer but gets a more substantial role later on. Inevitably, WHITE CARGO is dated and largely unfunny, but as a snapshot of its era it works a treat.
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