Friday, October 14, 2016

Dangerous Passage

Dangerous Passage
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Berke

Partial filmography[edit]

Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byDaniel Mainwaring
StarringRobert Lowery
Phyllis Brooks
Music byAlexander Laszlo
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byHenry Adams
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 18, 1944(United States)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Dangerous Passage is a 1944 American film noir drama film directed byWilliam Berke, starring Robert Lowery and Phyllis Brooks.

Plot Summary[edit]

Oil company employee Joe Beck (Robert Lowery) is stationed in the jungle in Honduras. When his grandfather back in Texas dies, he inherits $200,000. In a nearby port he meets with the testament executor, attorney Daniel Bergstrom (Charles Arnt) to receive the good news, but when he is to return to the jungle, he is followed by a suspicious man hired by the attorney, who tries to knock him out. Joe instead manages to kill the man, and boards a ship in the port.
On the ship, the Merman, is Dawson (Alec Craig), a steward who helped Joe against his unknown assailant. Also on the ship are Captain Saul (William Edmunds) and his mate, Buck Harris (Victor Kilian). Among the few passengers is the alluring Nita Paxton (Phyllis Brooks), who a cabaret artist whom Joe takes a liking to the minute he boards the ship.
Before the ship lands in its first port on the cruise, Dawson is murdered, and Joe gets rid of the body by feeding it to the fish, to avoid being blamed for his death. On shore in Los Altos, Joe and Nita go off romancing together. Upon their return to the ship, Joe discovers that Bergstrom has come aboard and brought a man calling himself Joe Beck (Jack La Rue). Joe instantly suspects Nita of being in cahoots with Bergstrom, trying to trick him out of his inheritance. She then confides in him, that Dawson was an undercover agent for an insurance company, suspecting the captain and his crew of insurance fraud. She is trying to finish his work after he disappeared.
Waiting for Joe in his cabin are Bergstrom and the impostor, who hold him at gun point, demanding he give them his ID and papers. Joe overpowers the impostor, grabs the gun and forces the men to leave his cabin.
In the middle of the night, Joe wakes up from the ship crashing into some sharp rocks. He tries to stop Saul and take the wheel, but is knocked unconscious and locked into his cabin. Nita manages to break down the door with an axe and free him. The only ones left on the ship are the two of them and Bergstrom and his impostor, since the rest of the crew has escaped on a life raft. Bergstrom suggest they work together to stay alive, assuring Joe he has given up his plan to take his money.
Still, when they hear on the radio that planes are sent out to rescue them, Bergstrom makes Joe fall hard into a deep hole in the deck. He is again knocked out and wakes up in a hospital a few days later.
Joe goes to Galveston, Texas, to collect his identification which he has sent in advance by mail, but finds that Nita has already been there in his place and fetched the papers. He tracks her down and discovers her with Bergstrom and the impostor. They threaten to kill her, demanding the papers.
Joe climbs into the apartment through a window, and in self-defence manages to shoot and kill the impostor just as Bergstrom gets his hands on the papers. Bergstrom calls the police, trying to get Joe arrested for the impostor's murder, but Joe overpowers him and when the police arrive, Bergstrom is arrested instead. Joe and Nita reunite with a kiss.[1]


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Joe Beck leaves his job at an oil company in the British Honduran jungle to meet with shifty lawyer Daniel Bergstrom in the port town of St. Angel. Bergstrom informs Joe that his Texan grandfather has died and left him a $200,000 inheritance. After Joe proves his identity with a birth certificate and various affidavits, Bergstrom sends a thug to follow him, but Joe kills his assailant. Dawson, a ship steward who is passing by, helps Joe and allows him aboard his ship, the Merman , which is leaving immediately. The disreputable crew of the rustbucket is comprised of Captain Saul, Buck Harris and Dawson, who repeatedly warns Joe to get off the ship early. Joe's fellow passengers are Vaughn, a representative of a cruise line, and Nita Paxton, a cabaret performer with whom Joe falls in love. Joe is not sure whom he can trust after an unseen attacker makes an unsuccessful attempt on his life. Not long after, he discovers Dawson has been killed in his cabin, and throws the body overboard to avoid being framed for the murder. The ship then docks in Los Altos, and Joe and Nita spend a romantic day ashore. When they rejoin the ship, Joe discovers that Bergstrom has boarded with an impostor he calls "Joe Beck." Joe accuses Nita of being involved in the subterfuge, and she reveals that when she met Dawson he was working as an undercover insurance investigator on the trail of Vaughn, Saul and Harris, who had scuttled some heavily insured ships. Dawson befriended Nita and, out of gratitude, she took to working with him and now plans to complete his assignmentWhen Joe returns to his cabin, he is confronted by Bergstrom and Mike Zomano, the impostor, who demand his identification. Joe grabs Mike's gun, but allows them to leave with only a warning. That night, Joe is awakened by the ship's severe rocking, and discovers that Saul is steering the ship directly into some rocks. When Joe attemptes to stop Saul, he knocks Joe unconscious and locks him in his room. After the ship crashes, the crew boards a life raft, while Nita opens Joe's door with an axe. By the time Nita and Joe reach the deck, the crew has disappeared, and they are left alone with Bergstrom and Mike. Bergstrom claims to have given up his greedy inclination to kill Joe for his inheritance, especially after Joe informs him that he mailed all his identification to Galveston, but when Bergstrom hears a radio report that rescue planes are being sent out to the ship, he tricks Joe, who slips and falls into a deep pit in the ship and is knocked unconscious. Joe awakens three days later in a hospital, and immediately leaves for his grandfather's home in Galveston. Once there, he learns that Nita has picked up his package. Joe locates Nita's apartment and while standing outside the door, overhears Bergstrom and Mike threatening to kill Nita if she does not give them Joe's papers. Just as Bergstrom finds Joe's papers, Joe comes in from the balcony and shoots Mike in self-defense. Bergstrom calls the police to have Joe arrested for Mike's death, but is forced to surrender to Joe and wait for his own arrest. Their ordeal over, Joe and Nita kiss.

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