Strange Cargo (1929)

Genres - Mystery  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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No relation to the mystical 1940 Clark Gable-Joan Crawford vehicle of the same name, the early Pathe talkie Strange Cargo stars Lee Patrick, a lively actress better known for such later character roles as Effie Perrine in The Maltese Falcon (1941). The titular "cargo" is the body of a murder victim, found in the hold of a private yacht. The captain (Claude King) suspects everyone on board, but of course only one of the passengers (or crew members) could possibly be the guilty party. With such suspicious types as Frank Reicher, Ned Sparks and Warner Richmond at hand, it takes quite some time to determine the true identity of the murderer. The first "all-talkie" Pathe release, Strange Cargo was filmed in both silent and sound versions, with a different director for each.



captain [military], death, investigation, investigator