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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 »


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Karl Brown (original screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Capt. Josiah Storm
Judith Allen ... Della Mason
Milburn Stone ... Jim Benton
Betty Compson ... Chicago
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Duke Ransom
George Cleveland ... Clinton
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Minnie
Willy Castello 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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Bright lights and big city thrills are a temptation to resist...when the price a girl must pay is too high! See more »


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Dream Cargo
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Music by Charles Rosoff
Sung by Judith Allen
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Harry Carey Carries this One
14 October 2006 | by catherine-71See all my reviews

Like H. B. Warner in "City of Missing Girls," (no plot relationship), the actor who carries this modest B-movie is an older man best known to modern viewers for his late-life supporting roles -- and part of the surprising charm of this flick is to see what a good actor the gentleman really was, when given a starring role. Harry Carey is absolutely wonderful as a sea captain with a tragic past who tries to help others find the happiness that has eluded him -- and in the end the viewer cares more about him than about the star-crossed young couple whose ups and downs we are supposed to be emoting over. "Port of Missing Girls" features a great little "exotic" nightclub scene, a credible false-accusation-of-murder plot, and some excellent low-budget art deco sets and costumes, but what really makes it shine is Harry Carey, a man who projects genuine warmth, secret sorrow, and manly toughness with an unaffected simplicity that i cannot compare to that of any other actor of his time period or the present era.

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