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Strange Cargo (1940)

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Richard Sale (based on the book "Not Too Narrow... Not Too Deep" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Julie
Clark Gable ... Verne
Ian Hunter ... Cambreau
Peter Lorre ... M'sieu Pig
Paul Lukas ... Hessler
Albert Dekker ... Moll
J. Edward Bromberg ... Flaubert
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Telez
John Arledge ... Dufond
Frederick Worlock ... Grideau (as Frederic Worlock)
Bernard Nedell ... Marfeu
Victor Varconi ... Fisherman
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Storyline

Verne wants nothing more than to escape from a penal colony located off the northern coast of South America. He tries to involve Julie, a saloon girl, in his plans but she turns him in to the authorities. On Verne's next try, he piggybacks on the escape of six other convicts and runs into Julie again in the process. One of the convicts is a spiritual figure who seems to know what will happen before anyone else. The group attempts to travel through the jungle, board a boat, and make it to the mainland. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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M-G-M's Mighty Thrill-Romance for 1940 ! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Too Deep See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,252,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,311,000, 31 December 1940

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,924,000, 31 December 1940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although Crawfod was top-billed on all release prints, Gable's name was first in all publicity material. This was his first film following Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

Goofs

The escapees finally reach the beach after hiking through the jungle. Their clothing, although made to look torn, shows no signs of soil despite various fist fights, plunging into quick sand, falling in water, pulling themselves from the river, and making their way through dense undergrowth - such as threadbare or torn fabric in the area of the knee or staining along the bottom leg of the trouser. See more »

Quotes

Julie: Remember this Pig, you're the one man in the world I could never get low enough to touch. Now, get outta here and leave me alone!
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Pretty darn strange!
14 September 2000 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

This entertaining conflation of "Rain," "Island of Doomed Men," and "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" throws Joan Crawford and Clark Gable into a lifeboat with the incarnation of Jesus Christ, which is worth the price of the video already. Add a lovesick Peter Lorre (clearly worth ten Gables) pattering after the unreceptive Miss Crawford, who keeps calling him "Monsieur Pig," and you've got substance. Unforgettable camp of the highest order.


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