Movie Desperate Cargo (1941) download free
Book Title: Desperate Cargo|
Directors: William Beaudine
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 1941-07-04
User ratings: 3.9
Number of downloads: 2358
File size: 2.43 Mb
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Video quality: DCPRip
Last download: 12 days ago
Runtime: 67 min
Stars: Ralph Byrd,Carol Hughes,Jack Mulhall
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Full movie description "Desperate Cargo":Several persons are waiting at a Caribbean port for the Caribbean Cruiser, a seaplane that has been delayed by the weather. A gang of criminals is making plans to take over the ship in midair, so that they can rob its safe. Meanwhile, Tony Bronson is waiting to become the ship's new purser once it arrives, while reporter Jim Halsey needs to get home quickly to be in time to accept an important assignment. While waiting, Bronson and Halsey have a romantic entanglement with two showgirls who are trying to get back to New York, and Bronson also has an altercation in a bar with one of the criminals. By the time the seaplane arrives and is ready for the passengers to board, there are plenty of tensions in the air.
Reviews of the Desperate CargoI don't know what one calls the genre of movies about passengers trapped on an airplane with criminals and summoning the courage to break free, but there are lots of movies with this basic plot, and what we have here may be one of the earliest entries into the genre. In order for the idea to work, the plane has to be big enough for people to move about from the cabin to the flight deck, and by placing the action on a clipper plane (at the time a state of the art luxury sea-plane), PRC, a notoriously low-budget "B" company, had plenty of opportunities to set a number of interesting confrontations in motion.
After a solid set-up in the fictional Caribbean island town of Puerte Nueve, the plane finally takes off and it's all action from that moment on. Jack Mulhall is dashingly handsome when he strips down to his undershirt, and his fight scenes are convincingly brutal. Ralph Byrd, former silent lead, was in his 50s when he made this film, and thus plays a second lead, but he is great as a tough newspaper reporter with a touch of John Barrymore bravura and a hint of Adolph Menjou suaveness. The two lead women, Carol Hughs and Julie Duncan, are fun as a squabbling Broadway sister act on the skids. Extra bonuses include some great supporting cast members, including our old friend I. Stanford Jolley, the rat-faced villain of a zillion TV and theatrical westerns; burly Australian stunt/actor Frank Hagney as a two-fisted heavyweight bar bouncer; Thomas Edwards doing a comic Latino turn; silent screen star Kenneth Harlan as the airship's captain; and tiny bespectacled Harry Depp as a tiny bespectacled airplane passenger.
Also, just for the sake of weirdness, check out Richard Clarke, who plays Carter's henchman Ryan. He is no rough-and-tumble match for Mulhall or Hagney, but he does play a tough, and so it is very unexpected to notice that he has the strangest speech affliction -- every time he says more than a sentence or two, his voice begins to shake and tremble like he is frightened or has some sort of nerve-malady. It's just very odd.
All in all, this was a great little movie of its type. Sure, it could have been better -- a shorter set-up and more tension in the final scenes, a staccato musical score to heighten the drama, a cuter and more compliant lead actress -- but it is certainly worth a viewing.
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