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Doomed Cargo (1936)

Seven Sinners (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 15 August 1936 (USA)
A wise cracking American P.I. traveling abroad with his love interest and sidekick, stumbles on to a dead body. After it disappears again, he starts to unravel a devious crime ring.




Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... John Harwood
Constance Cummings ... Caryl Fenton
Thomy Bourdelle ... Monsieur Paul Turbé
Henry Oscar ... Axel Hoyt
Felix Aylmer ... Sir Charles Webber
Joyce Kennedy ... Elizabeth Wentworth
O.B. Clarence ... Registrar
Mark Lester Mark Lester ... Chief Constable (Captain Fitzgerald)
Allan Jeayes ... Heinrich Wagner
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Reception Clerk
David Horne ... Hotel Manager
Edwin Laurence Edwin Laurence ... Guildhall Guide
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Vicar (Father Blanchard)


A wise cracking American P.I. traveling abroad with his love interest and sidekick, stumbles on to a dead body. After it disappears again, he stumbles onto more.Then they begin to unravel a devious crime ring in a foreign land. Written by blogmonstermike.wordpress.com

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The second train wreck in this film, which is also called "The Wrecker", is the same one that was staged for the climax of The Wrecker (1929). Footage of that crash, not used in the earlier film, was edited together with new shots. Another train wreck was done mostly with models and stock footage from newsreels. See more »


Edmund Lowe works for a detective agency, to which the script wants to give a name similar to Pinkerton's. But Lowe calls his employers Tankerton's, then Taggerton's , and later Packerton's. See more »


John Harwood: Hence, I'll have to bust into that gent's flat.
Caryl Fenton: Hence, you'll bust into it alone.
John Harwood: Of course, it's a man's job.
Caryl Fenton: Oh, is it? I'll go find one.
John Harwood: I knew I could count on you.
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Valse Constance
Music by Bretton Byrd
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It's real alright!
19 October 2001 | by vaughan.birbeckSee all my reviews

Neil-117 is quite correct, the film makers were given permission by the Southern Railway to smash an old locomotive and carriages into a lorry on a disused branch line, hence the spectacular train crash.

I think his other comments are a little unfair. The film is taken from a play called 'The Wrecker' by Arnold Ridley (who also wrote 'The Ghost Train' and later became Private Godfrey in 'Dad's Army'). The whole point of the plot is that a serial murderer is staging train crashes to disguise his crimes.

Of course the film is dated but it's good, well-paced entertainment. If you enjoy Hitchcock's British thrillers (especially 'The Lady Vanishes', also a Launder and Gilliatt screenplay) you'll like this one.

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English | French

Release Date:

15 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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