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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 {J-26}

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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: FOREWARD When war engulfs the world, giant forces are marshalled for conflict. Smashing victories are won and heroes are heralded far and wide. Often forgotten are the small victories, the acts of great personal courage by little people. This is the story of one small victory in World War II. See more »

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Suspenseful and Atmospheric War-Drama with Wide Appeal
12 November 2016 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

A Taut and Tense WWII Drama that is Gripping from the Get-Go. The RKO Style does Service to a Tale, We are Told in the Prolog, that goes Virtually Unnoticed among the more Sprawling Battles in America's Fight Against Fascism.

Moody, Grim, and No-Nonsense Approach (although some may say the "Woman On Board" Plot Element is a Stretch). The Female Ingredient, was a Standard to Bolster Box-Office, but is Handled OK and Not Forced into the Narrative.

This Picture is Not Well Known in most Circles and really Surprises with Dana Andrews and Claude Rains heading a Cast of Sea Salts Butting Heads with the Nazis. Studio Bound and its B-Movie Pedigree Reveals itself but is Overwhelmed by the Witty Dialog and the Overall Atmosphere of the Frame.

Highly Recommended and even Movie Fans not usually Drawn to War Films might want to Come Aboard.


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