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Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1940 (USA)
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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A MAN AND A WOMAN fleeing nameless terror...through angry seas and the tropics' dangers...yearning for the peace they had never known, the happiness they could find only in each other's arms...You'll remember this star-studded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture as on e of the great emotional experiences of the year! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Too Narrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,252,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford intended to portray her character without any make-up but Crawford later told 'Silver Screen' magazine that she cheated and used Vaseline on her eyelids, eyebrows, and lips to retain moisture. In one scene while using the top of an old tomato can as a mirror Crawford applied brilliantine to her hair. 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

André Verne: So you outsmarted me, huh?
Julie: That's what happens, they tell me, when smart people get together. One of them winds up ahead.
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Great film, a fantasy about God among us.
17 July 2004 | by fetstone777See all my reviews

In disagreement with other viewers I found nothing UNEASY about this picture. The film, a great one, deals with a "Strange" character (Cambreau)who by his mannerisms and wisdom hint at his being God incarnate. The question then arises as to why God would come among a group of sinners, convicts and scum. The script is well-written and stimulates a great deal of feeling. The writer certainly was able to bring biblical principals to pass on the screen with well- employed similes. If one knows the bible at all, then they would know that Jesus Christ did exactly that and when he asked why he answered that it was the sick who needed a physician... NOT the well. All of the roles are well-acted. This picture is certainly in my top 20.


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