Strange Cargo
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This enjoyable adventure is a good star vehicle for Cark Gable, then at the height of his popularity, and Joan Crawford."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Embarrassingly flavorful as a Hollywood religious delicacy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Brilliant allegory."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Despite the pious pitfalls it sets for itself, it's a strikingly open film"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"MGM megastars Clark Gable and Joan Crawford headline Strange Cargo, a humid prison break movie that turns into a bald-faced religious allegory."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"...a rather talky adventure, but fascinating to say the least, with plenty of local color and offbeat characters."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Weird, but brilliantly done, allegorical drama."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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