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67 Ratings

Strange Cargo

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1940
Drama, Romance


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. Verne’s next try, he piggybacks on the escape of six other convicts and runs into Julie again in the process.

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Strange Cargo Directed by Frank Borzage

Critics reviews

For a film that eventually turns into an audacious Christ allegory, Strange Cargo (1940) has its fair share of cynicism, sex, and romance. The first two elements can be credited in large part to stars Clark Gable and Joan Crawford, while director Frank Borzage, the cinema’s great romanticist, provides the final one.
December 14, 2018
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Strange is right – even the MGM A-team in 1940 was capable of birthing head-scratching freak-outs of a kind you can bet gave Louis B. agita… The overall thrust isn’t terribly heartwarming but rather rankly cynical, brutally misogynist, and ambivalent at best about divine intervention. Nevertheless, Borzage imbued the burnished squalor with moments of poetry, and Crawford’s embattled femme emerges from stereotype as a three-dimensional woman.
March 31, 2017

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