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Sealed Cargo (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 May 1951 (USA)
In 1943, an American fishing boat has a fateful encounter with a seriously damaged Danish schooner off of Canada's Atlantic coast.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)

Writers:

Dale Van Every (screenplay), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Pat Bannon
Carla Balenda ... Margaret McLean
Claude Rains ... Capt. Skalder
Philip Dorn ... Konrad
Onslow Stevens ... Cmdr. James McLean
Skip Homeier ... Steve
Eric Feldary ... Holger
J.M. Kerrigan ... Skipper Ben
Arthur Shields ... Kevin Dolan
Morgan Farley ... Caleb
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Storyline

During the war off Nova Scotia a fishing boat comes across a badly damaged Danish schooner with only the captain aboard after it has apparently been shelled by a German U-boat. Not realising the sinister real purpose of the larger boat, the fishermen agree to tow it into an isolated harbour. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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CARGO THAT BLASTS THE SEAS WIDE OPEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish | German

Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gaunt Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel "The Gaunt Woman" by Edmund Gilliagan which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from October 10 to November 21, 1942. See more »

Goofs

A crewman states that the mystery vessel must be Danish because the only remaining square riggers are Danish. In fact, Germany also had square rigged ships during this period. One became the American Coast Guard "Eagle" and one the Russian "Tovarisch" as war prizes taken following World War II. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: GLOUCESTER, MASS. 1943 See more »

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This Cargo is a Visual Delight with Suspense to Enjoy
28 January 2013 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Makes me wonder why this mini classic is not better known. This marvelous tale of the Sea, not only offers very good performances by Claude Rains, Dana Andrews, and Philip Dorn, but is based on an intriguing novel "The Gaunt Woman" by Edmund Gilligan. The Screenplay receives fine treatment, with plenty of suspense by Dale Van Every (A.K.F. that other great Sea Classic: "Captains Courageous") It's the eerie look of the film thats the real star. Great, moody B/W Cinematography by George E. Diskant who gave us those fine Noir images in several other RKO features: "The Narrow Margin" - "Riffraff" - "They Live By Night" and "On Dangerous Ground". Some neat special effects also help lift the tension as it moves along.

Combined with the evocative Direction of Award Winner: Alfred Werker ("He Walked by Night" - "Lost Boundaries") 'Sealed Cargo' is packed with viewing enjoyment, filled with mystic shots (in dense fog at sea) during the dangerous days of WW11. This tale will keep any not overly demanding viewer very happily occupied for its nicely paced 90mins. Pretty Carla Balenda ("Hunt the Man Down" and much on TV) supplies the female interests and carries it off with likable style. While it's set in wartime, you would not call this a 'war' film.

RKO sure knew how to entertain audiences with a wide range of assorted themes throughout the 30's - 50's. Both Werker and Diskant went on to give some of the better shows of B/W Television their look and feel, creating a stylized look on small budgets.

Seems 'Cargo' is rarely shown, so well worth looking for. Some TV Prints are not so good, being from old CC Movietime copies, so look for a true RKO print if you can.


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