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Port of Missing Girls (1938)

Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ... See full summary »


Karl Brown


Karl Brown (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Capt. Josiah Storm
Judith Allen ... Della Mason
Milburn Stone ... Jim Benton
Betty Compson ... Chicago
Matty Fain ... Duke Ransom
George Cleveland ... Clinton
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Minnie
Willy Castello ... Manuel


Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ship of Captain Josiah Storm (Harry Carey), a woman-hater, and the ship sails from San Francisco headed for China. Della is discovered by Jim Benton (Milburn Stone, the ship's first mate and he pleads her case to the captain. He leaves her in under the protection of Minnie (Jane Jones)at "Minnie's Joint in Shanghai, until her innocence can be established. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its first telecast Friday 19 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television audiences got their first look at it Wednesday 26 April 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Remake of The Port of Missing Girls (1928) See more »


I've Changed My Routine
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Music by Charles Rosoff
Sung by Jane Jones
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Adventures With Harry Carey
23 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Judith Allen has just ordered a cop out of her changing room when Matty Fain jumps out of a closet, points a gun at her and has her get her boss, Eddie Kane, there. When Kane shows up, Fain shoots him for squealing and kidnaps Allen. He's about to dispose of her when his driver orders him off. He dumps her with a warning. Pursued by the cops, she stows away on woman-hating Harry Carey's ship, bound for Shanghai.

It's a code-compliant bad-girl-in-the-South-Seas affair, reminiscent of movies like SEVEN SINNERS, and is an entertaining flick. While radioman Milburn Stone romances her, Carey drops her off at Jane Jones' bar, where they put on a show for slumming tourists to give them a thrill. Betty Compson has a funny turn as 'Chicago', wanted for something never specified. Miss Allen sings a couple of songs and Miss Jones sings a Sophie-Tucker style number. Meanwhile, Carey, who gives a light-hearted performance, gets involved with gun runners. Despite a weak set-up to the movie, the balance of the show combines melodrama and comedy expertly, with 'Snowflake' Toones helping to turn the tide in the big gun fight by clanging the chief badman's head with a noisy frying pan.

Writer-Director Karl Brown had entered the movies in the photo labs of Kinemacolour. Later, he became a cameraman for D.W. Griffith, then entered the ranks of auteurs with the well-received (and recently restored) STARK LOVE. His subsequent career never advanced out of the B ranks, but he wrote a nice reminiscence of his early days, ADVENTURES WITH D.W. GRIFFITH.

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Release Date:

23 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lar Sem Teto See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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