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Mystery Ship (1941)

FBI agents Allan Harper and Tommy Baker are in charge of a group of subversives, spies and saboteurs that the US government is deporting to foreign countries aboard a ship. The deportees attempt to take over the ship.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Houston Branch, Alex Gottlieb (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Kelly ... Allan Harper
Lola Lane ... Patricia Marshall
Larry Parks ... Tommy Baker
Trevor Bardette ... Ernst Madek
Cy Kendall ... Condor
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Capt. Randall
Eddie Laughton Eddie Laughton ... Turillo
John Tyrrell ... Sam
Byron Foulger ... Wasserman
Dick Curtis ... Van Brock
Dwight Frye ... Rader
Kenneth MacDonald ... Gorman
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FBI agents Allan Harper and Tommy Baker are in charge of a group of subversives, spies and saboteurs that the US government is deporting to foreign countries aboard a ship. The deportees attempt to take over the ship.

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SPIES TAKE OVER A U.S. SHIP IN MID-ATLANTIC...as U.S. agents keep the Stars and Stripes flying in submarine-infested waters!

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piratas a bordo See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Larry Parks. See more »

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Mystery destination
10 April 2015 | by Alex da SilvaSee all my reviews

FBI agent Paul Kelly (Allan) and reporter Lola Lane (Pat) are due to get married for the billionth time when a secret assignment is handed to Kelly and his friend Larry Parks (Tommy). This leads to the cancellation of the wedding and a secret trip on a ship filled with the country's most notorious criminals.

The film is OK, nothing too standout. It starts in a jokey fashion and takes a while to get going. There is some tension once we get onto the ship as there is a power struggle between villains for who is top dog. There are a few unrealistic sections, eg, the lack of numbers in officers escorting these villains and the lack of shooting from the officers when unrest breaks out. We also get a rather gentlemanly Trevor Bardette (Madek) who is quick to concede defeat to the better man. I don't think so! However, Cy Kendall (Condor) makes a good thug.

The film wraps up rather quickly and it's all rather unrealistic. Where on earth are all these villains being deported to given that they are all American?


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