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Strange Cargo
     

Strange Cargo

Director: Frank Borzage, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Ian Hunter

Cast: Frank Borzage, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Ian Hunter

 

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"Strange" is right: this mystical MGM melodrama has to be the oddest of the studio's Clark Gable-Joan Crawford vehicles. When eight prisoners escape from a New Guinea penal colony, they are picked up by a sloop commandeered by another escapee named Verne (Gable) and his trollop girl friend Julie (Joan Crawford). Among the fugitives is Cambreau (Ian Hunter), a

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"Strange" is right: this mystical MGM melodrama has to be the oddest of the studio's Clark Gable-Joan Crawford vehicles. When eight prisoners escape from a New Guinea penal colony, they are picked up by a sloop commandeered by another escapee named Verne (Gable) and his trollop girl friend Julie (Joan Crawford). Among the fugitives is Cambreau (Ian Hunter), a soft-spoken, messianic character who has a profound effect on his comrades. One by one, the escapees abandon their evil purposes and find God-and a peaceful death--through the auspices of the Christlike Cambreau. The last to succumb to Cambreau's ministrations is Verne, who agrees to return to return to the prison colony serve out his sentence if Julie will wait for him (which she does). A superb Franz Waxman score provides a touch of show-biz grandeur to this haunting fable.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2017
UPC:
0888574474973
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
15,985

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Julie
Clark Gable Andre Verne
Ian Hunter Cambreau
Peter Lorre Cochon,Monsieur Pig
Paul Lukas Hessler
Albert Dekker Moll
J. Edward Bromberg Flaubert
Eduardo Ciannelli Telez
John Arledge Duford
Frederic Worlock Grideau
Bernard Nedell Marfeu
Victor Varconi Fisherman
Harry Semels Convict
Paul Fix Benet
Francis McDonald Moussenq
Betty Compson Suzanne
Charles Judels Renard
Jack Mulhall Dunning
Dewey Robinson Georges
Harry Cording Guard
James Pierce Guard
Christian J. Frank Guard
Mitchell Lewis Guard
Rychard Cramer Guard
Ray Teal Guard
Jack Adair Guard
Gene Coogan Convict
Eddie Foster Convict
Frank Lackteen Convict
Art Dupuis Orderly
Stanley Andrews Constable
William Edmunds Watchman
Richard Alexander Guard
Budd Fine Guard

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Lawrence Hazard Screenwriter
Robert J. Kern Editor
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Lesser Samuels Screenwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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