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Strange Cargo (1-Mar-1940)

Director: Frank Borzage

Writer: Lawrence Hazard

From novel: Not Too Narrow... Not Too Deep by Richard Sale

Musical Score: Franz Waxman

Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
J. Edward Bromberg
25-Dec-1903 6-Dec-1951 The Mark of Zorro
Eduardo Ciannelli
30-Aug-1889 8-Oct-1969 Strange Cargo
Joan Crawford
23-Mar-1905 10-May-1977 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Albert Dekker
20-Dec-1905 5-May-1968 The Wild Bunch
Clark Gable
1-Feb-1901 16-Nov-1960 Gone With the Wind
Ian Hunter
13-Jun-1900 23-Sep-1975 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Peter Lorre
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon
Paul Lukas
26-May-1887 15-Aug-1971 Watch on the Rhine
Victor Varconi
31-Mar-1891 6-Jun-1976 Hungarian-American character actor


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
Frederic Worlock   ...   Grideau
Bernard Nedell   ...   Marfeu
Victor Varconi   ...   Fisherman


Review by anonymous (posted on 11-Nov-2006)

I finally saw this movie from beginning to end. Strange Cargo has a first rate cast with all actors at the height of their careers. I found it to be an amazing character piece of people with their own demons inside them. It shows allegory of men trying to get out of prison, but finding the real prison is within them. They finally find that when they look Christ in the face that it was never about them, but about the Christ within them. Joan wanted to escape her life and keep a hard heart. Clark felt that life was all about himself. Albert felt that the tougher you were the better you would be. Edward felt that people were always out to get him. Eduardo felt that it was all about worshipping the crucifix and did not realize that it was about loving his fellow man. One by one they found the Truth except for Paul who used Christ and eventually turned his back on Him. Interesting that he had a German accent and the movie was made in 1940 - lol. Did you also notice the symbolism when Ian was drowning in the water? Great use of photography. I just saw this movie, but I would like to see it again.

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