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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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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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A beautiful woman learns what it means to be held captive (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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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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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 prologue: GLOUCESTER, MASS. 1943 See more »

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Resupplying The Wolfpack
16 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sealed Cargo would have been a typical war film had RKO done it in 1943 when people were willing to buy these kind of plots. By 1951 this had become clearly outdated. Howard Hughes must have been going through some old scripts and/or story ideas and came up with this one and said it would be a great film still.

Dana Andrews stars in this film as Gloucester fishing boat captain whom we meet still griping because his is deemed a necessary occupation and he can't get in the fight. Still he takes his boat out for a run in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with a special passenger in Carla Ballenda who wants to go there to meet her dad Onslow Stevens who is in the Canadian Air Force until recently invalided out.

On the way Andrews spots a deserted ghost schooner ship with only her captain still on board, Claude Rains somewhat disheveled. He gives the ship a tow into the small fishing village he was to drop Ballenda off in. But the trading schooner is a disguise for the ship being the mother ship of a Nazi U-boat wolfpack. She's carrying in a secret compartment a load of torpedoes for the U-boats to reload and do their dirtiest fighting with.

This film was so dated by 1951 the audience then must have been stunned. The players to their credit go at it with a straight face, especially Claude Rains who is a sinister figure among the ridiculous. Dana Andrews is a proper tightlipped hero.

Sealed Cargo is a World War II propaganda exercise that someone forgot to make back then and then remembered in 1951.


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