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Desperate Cargo (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 July 1941 (USA)
Gang of criminals hijacks a clipper ship with two girls on their way to the U.S.


William Beaudine


Eustace L. Adams (story "Loot Below"), Morgan Cox (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Tony Bronson
Carol Hughes ... Peggy Morton
Jack Mulhall ... Jim Halsey
Julie Duncan ... Ann Howard
I. Stanford Jolley ... Carter
Kenneth Harlan ... Capt. Hank MacFarland
Richard Clarke ... Ryan - Henchman
Johnstone White ... Madden - Valet / Henchman
Paul Bryar ... Desser - Henchman
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Manuelo
Don Forrest Don Forrest ... Navigator Williams
Loretta Russell ... Mrs. Pettingill
Rick Vallin ... Stevens - Radioman
Harry Depp Harry Depp ... Crouse - Small Male Passenger


Several persons are waiting at a Caribbean port for the Caribbean Cruiser, a seaplane that has been delayed by the weather. A gang of criminals is making plans to take over the ship in midair, so that they can rob its safe. Meanwhile, Tony Bronson is waiting to become the ship's new purser once it arrives, while reporter Jim Halsey needs to get home quickly to be in time to accept an important assignment. While waiting, Bronson and Halsey have a romantic entanglement with two showgirls who are trying to get back to New York, and Bronson also has an altercation in a bar with one of the criminals. By the time the seaplane arrives and is ready for the passengers to board, there are plenty of tensions in the air. Written by Snow Leopard

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The most daring crime in the history of air clippers!...International air pirates steal a forty-five ton flying clipper a mile above the Caribbean! See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 19 March 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Dayton it first aired Friday 22 April 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), in Albuquerque Saturday 4 June 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Atlanta Thursday 18 August 1949 on WAGA (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Thursday 16 February 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Sunday 9 April 1950 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

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A Good but Totally Disposable Thriller
2 June 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is the film version of amnesia, or Chinese food, five minutes after you watch it you've completely forgotten what you've seen. Thats not a bad thing because the movie is entertaining while you watch it but if you're looking for something that stays with you after you've seen it I'd try something else.

The story concerns several people on a small island who are looking to get back to America. There's two show girl sisters, a reporter and a member of an airplane clipper crew. All are waiting for the plane that will take them to a new job. Into the mix add a band of crooks who are looking to hijack the plane and steal the valuables on board. Half the movie takes place on the island while the other half is on the besieged plane.

There is nothing bad about the movie, except that it is forgettable.

Then again seeing Ralph Byrd and realizing that this was one of his few starring roles outside of the Dick Tracy serials and TV show is sad. Byrd was an excellent actor with a screen presence that made you instantly like him. The trouble is that he became so identified with the Tracy role he was never really ever given the chance to star in anything other than low budget features after that. Seeing him here as a less than perfect member of the flight crew reminds one of how stupid Hollywood can be when choosing its stars.

If you've got an hour or so to kill and you run across this, give it a shot. It won't tax you in the least and will leave you enough room for something meatier later on.

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Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Cargo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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