Strange Cargo
Strange Cargo (1940)

Allegorical and very strange, this drama tells the story of how a group of convicts successfully escape from Devil's Island and as they flee, discover that one of them bears more than a casual resemblance to Christ. This generated… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 1, 1940
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This enjoyable adventure is a good star vehicle for Cark Gable, then at the height of his popularity, and Joan Crawford.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Embarrassingly flavorful as a Hollywood religious delicacy.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Brilliant allegory.

Fernando F. Croce

Despite the pious pitfalls it sets for itself, it's a strikingly open film

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

MGM megastars Clark Gable and Joan Crawford headline Strange Cargo, a humid prison break movie that turns into a bald-faced religious allegory.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a rather talky adventure, but fascinating to say the least, with plenty of local color and offbeat characters.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Weird, but brilliantly done, allegorical drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
Clark Gable's next picture after "Gone With the Wind" was "Strange Cargo," where he teamed back up with Joan Crawford. Instead of light… More
jay nixon
An intruigingly different idea presented within the confines of 40's melodrama. Very gritty for an MGM production with excellent performances.
Aj V
It may seem a strange movie at first, but it's actually a very suspenseful drama, with a very interesting ending, and plus it's got a great starring… More
Mark K
Two of Hollywood's powerhouses of that era teamed up to make what appears to be a pretty conventional prison break film, where Gable's lead character… More
Veronique Kwak
"strange cargo" is the last movie of the gable/crawford duo which is highly popular in the 30s until their romance got hindered by mgm louis b. mayer… More
Anthony Valletta
Strange Cargo makes for good story.