The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – Sealed Cargo (1951)


This is the first of 3 posts dedicated to The 3rd Annual Claude Rains Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“Here I am, towing the Nazi’s victim to the harbor and I feel it’s exactly what they want me to do.” – Pat Bannon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – During World War II, an American fishing boat captain is tasked with transporting a women across hostile waters where German U-Boats are suspected of attacking Allied ships.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never heard about before doing research for films for this blogathon.

I have always enjoyed Dana Andrews’ work and that was an added bonus for me besides the fact that this film features Claude Rains.

They do a great job of taking a small, seemingly insignificant war story and making it work so well.

Not all war stories need to be grandiose because even small skirmishes and stories in wartime can have ripple effects on the outcome of the eventual war.

They find ways to keep the story quite engaging throughout which helps raise the suspense level as things progress.

The cast is great and Andrews does a wonderful job in the lead role because he makes it all seem so much more realistic.

Rains is also superb here as a stranded Danish boat captain who Andrews and his crew decide to help as they travel in dangerous waters.

The plot has lots of great twists that will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.

Love the way that this story revolves around an intriguing mystery and the way that they leave things very ambiguous throughout helps keep the tension level high because we never quite know which characters can be trusted more than the others.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyably war story that is quite small in the grand scale of things, yet is still quite engaging. The cast is great and Andrews is perfect in the lead role. Rains plays a stranded Danish boat captain quite well also. The plot has some great twists along the way that help raise the suspense level as things unfold. The story also has a really nice mystery that strings things together really well because they are able to keep things quite ambiguous throughout which raises numerous suspicions on various characters and helps keep things more tense as the story moves forward.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene where Dana Andrews comes off the supply Schooner, and ties his dinghy up on the dock, watch how he ties the line to the Bollard. He uses a fast method to tie a clove hitch, belying his significant experience as a sailing and boating enthusiast. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – Sealed Cargo (1951)

  1. Pingback: Places! The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon is Here! | pure entertainment preservation society

  2. Dear Rob,

    I just added your article to the blogathon’s roster: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/places-the-third-annual-claude-rains-blogathon-is-here/. Thank you so much for joining! You wrote a great review of a film about which I have heard very little before. It sounds fascinated! I may have said this before, but I really admire the way you turn out so many film reviews! They are short, but they all are so concise and interesting. You provide just enough information to make your readers want to watch the movies!

    i look forward to your two next articles!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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