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Destination Unknown (1933)

A group of people are stuck on a schooner in the middle of the Pacific with no wind.


Tay Garnett


Tom Buckingham


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Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Matt Brennan
Ralph Bellamy ... Stowaway
Betty Compson ... Ruby Smith
Alan Hale ... Lundstrom
Tom Brown ... Johnny
Willard Robertson ... Joe Shano
Noel Madison ... Maxie
Stanley Fields ... Gattallo
Rollo Lloyd ... Dr. Fram
Russell Hopton ... Georgie
Charles Middleton ... Turk
Richard Alexander ... Alex
Forrester Harvey ... Ring
George Regas ... Tauru


A group of people are stuck on a schooner in the middle of the Pacific with no wind.

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Release Date:

1 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destination inconnue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Faux-O'Neill Christ Allegory
15 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It should always be remembered that Universal, while it had a big-city audience, was much stronger out in the more rural areas. With that in mind, this movie makes a bit more sense. It starts off like an O'Neill drama, with a rum runner shipwrecked with only a single barrel of water, and the crew -- led by Alan Hale -- hating the rum runners -- led by Pat O'Brien. They wrangle with a lot of dramatic lighting, and some people who rarely got the chance do some good straight drama.

Then, halfway through, they discover Ralph Bellamy is on board. To say he is a Christ figure would be putting it mildly. He performs miracles like turning wine into water, healing cripples and saving everyone on board. For me, a big city type in 2017, it is way too heavy-handed. I'd like to think that director Tay Garnett, who directed some bang-up movies in the 1930s, had calculated it properly for his audience. But I don't think so.

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