Desperate Cargo (July 4, 1941)
Released on July 4, 1941: Crooks aboard the Caribbean Cruiser rob the safe and take the passengers hostage, and it's up to the Purser, two showgirls and a newspaper reporter to save the day.
Directed by William Beaudine
Written by Eustace L. Adams, Morgan Cox and John T. Coyle.
The Actors: Ralph Byrd (Tony Bronson), Carol Hughes (Peggy Morton), Jack Mulhall (Jim Halsey), Julie Duncan (Ann Howard), I. Stanford Jolley (Carter), Kenneth Harlan (Captain Hank MacFarland), Richard Clarke (henchman Ryan), Johnstone White (Madden, valet henchman), Paul Bryar (henchman Desser), Thornton Edwards (Manuelo), Don Forrest (navigator Williams), Loretta Russell (Mrs. Pettingill), Rick Vallin (radioman Stevens), Harry Depp (Crouse), Don Brodie (co-pilot Anderson), Lita Cortez (Senorita Paquita), Rod De Medici (unknown), Paul Ellis (henchman), Frank Hagney (Butch the bouncer), Jack Hendricks (henchman), Jose Luis Perez (Jose, hotel bellboy), Jose Luis Tortosa (unknown), Blanca Vischer (Senorita Maria).
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Many days I swear that I must have been born 50 years too late. When I watch movies made before I was born, I see a slice of life that doesn't exist anymore, and it looks pretty good. A few years ago my girlfriend and I took a ten day trip to the Tuscany area of Italy. I'm just a farm boy from the sticks, but how hard could it be to fly to Italy and back? The trip involved flying from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to New York City, then across to Milan, Italy on an Italian airline. On the return trip we went from Rome, Italy to Germany on an Italian airline, and from Germany to Washington, D.C., and back up to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You should know that I can speak fairly good English, but next to nothing when it comes to Italian and German. And where would you guess that we had the most trouble getting from airport to plane? On the way over, New York's Kennedy airport was a royal cluster-mess. Getting from our arriving gate to the departing gate for Italy was nearly an impossible feat, and we only made it because after wandering for a while and reading every sign and television screen that we could find, I finally stopped a pilot that was heading down the hallway and asked him for directions. And on the way back home, Washington National was so messed up that we missed our connection and had to take a dangerously fast cab ride from Washington National across town to Regan airport, and then a running, sweating, quick dash to the security line. Of course, our baggage didn't come with us, and took days to recover. And what about the Italian and German airports, where we could not speak the language? They were a breeze to get through. We didn't have one moment of confusion. Go figure.
Of course, the planes today are more like a bus than a luxury way of travel. Even first class airline travel today doesn't look as luxurious and fun as this movie about the Caribbean Cruiser, a sea plane with hallways, an upstairs and a downstairs, a Purser to care for the passengers, and separate 'apartments' for each passenger. Wow . . . The Love Boat didn't look any nicer than this air ship. Were planes really like this back in the day? Can anyone who flies today's airlines honestly say that the flight was the best part of their holiday? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with melted butter on it and ride along with the Purser, two showgirls, a newspaper reporter, and a gang of thieves who will rob the safe in the Purser's office of a half million dollars while in mid-air. Guns blasting away, Stewards and passengers in peril as they sip their booze and nibble their meals, and our hero Purser and the blonde showgirl he has fallen for are right smack in the middle of it all. And I thought my trip to Italy was full of danger and adventure!
|Carol Hughes and Julie Duncan||Frank Hagney and Ralph Byrd|
|I. Stanford Jolley||Jack Mulhall|
|Jack Mulhall and Carol Hughes||Jack Mulhall and Ralph Byrd|
|Julie Duncan and Carol Hughes||Kenneth Harlan|
|Ralph Byrd and Julie Duncan||Richard Clarke|