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Human Cargo (1936)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 19 June 1936 (USA)
Bonnie Brewster and Packy Campbell are rival reporters who board a ship in Vancouver to go after a smuggling ring which brings in illegal aliens.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Kathleen Shepard (novel), Jefferson Parker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claire Trevor ... Bonnie Brewster
Brian Donlevy ... Packy Campbell
Alan Dinehart ... Lionel Crocker
Ralph Morgan ... District Attorney Carey
Helen Troy ... Susie
Rita Hayworth ... Carmen Zoro (as Rita Cansino)
Morgan Wallace ... Gilbert Fender
Herman Bing ... Fritz Schultz
John McGuire ... 'Spike' Davis
Ralf Harolde ... Tony Sculla
Wade Boteler ... Bob McSweeney
Harry Woods ... Ira Conklin
Wilfred Lucas ... Police Chief
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Storyline

Bonnie Brewster ('Claire TRevor') and "Packy" Campbell (Brian Donlevy, rival reporters on competing newspapers, team up to put an end to a smuggling gang that brings illegal aliens to the United States, and then makes further victims of them by extortion payments. THey go to Vancouver, Canada and board a ship carrying aliens. But the gang recognizes them as reporters and gang-henchmen Tony Scula (Ralf Harolde) and Ira Conklin (Harry Woods, posing as government officials take them off the ship. But Campbell recognizes Scula as the gunman who killed Carmen Zoro (Rita Hayworth). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando humano See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth's film acting debut (as Rita Cansino). See more »

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Featured in The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) See more »

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Very rare title for Hayworth fans
26 March 2017 | by yrkconnors-1See all my reviews

Thanks to a friend's discovery of a print, I was finally able to view this little gem from Fox Films. Director Alan Dwan does a great job here and is provided a very good cast, including Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor (who was to work with Dwan on a half dozen films at Fox--titles like NAVY WIFE and the marvelous ONE MILE FROM HEAVEN). Set in the brutal world of alien smuggling, it tells the story of a hard nosed reporter and a wannabe reporter from society who mix it up as they try to get to the mysterious leader of the gang--men who think nothing of drowning their "human cargoes" in reservoirs or killing cops. This is a fast paced film with a lot of snappy dialogue and Rita Hayworth as an alien who ends up dancing in a club for a vicious killer. Some great character actors including Alan Dinehart and Ralph Morgan help things along nicely. Good "B" made on the cusp between Fox and 20th Century Fox as the closing credits suggest. Must see viewing for Rita fans and those who like good action "B" movies. Bob Connors (yrkconnors@yahoo.com).


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