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ALFRED WERKER DIRECTS DANA ANDREWS IN 'SEALED CARGO'

Pirate-like poster art for SEALED CARGO Year: 1951 Rating: ****
Alfred Werker's atmospheric SEALED CARGO initially plays like a Ghost Ship mystery/thriller as fisherman Dana Andrews climbs aboard what seems an abandoned larger vessel where Claude Rains, as an enigmatic sea captain, is met with the kind of cautionary distrust that owns this wartime espionage, ultimately shaping into a heist/caper: but instead of stealing money it's about blowing up the titular contraband... or else...

Leaving little time for romance between Andrews and Carla Balenda, hitching a ride with Dana to his reluctant chagrin. But the camaraderie between Andrews and who seems like a Nazi spy in Danish seaman Philip Dorn makes this more liken to a buddy flick within the pulpy, tightly-wound mystique — also involving a race-against-time mission that just happens to take place during the Second World War. Replace the murky and haunting, fog-shrouded oceanic/coastal template with dark-lit alleyways and SEALED CARGO is as Film Noir as they come. Just call it a War Noir — and a damn good one.
Dana Andrews and Carla Balenda in Alfred Werker's War-Noir Thriller SEALED CARGO
Neat title card for Alfred Werker's SEALED CARGO
Dana Andrews as Pat Bannon in SEALED CARGO
An untrusting Dana Andrews with a mysterious Claude Rains in SEALED CARGO
Dana Andrews and Carla Balenda in SEALED CARGO
Philip Dorn and Dana Andrews in SEALED CARGO
The one Dana Andrews picture featuring his brother Steve Forrest (as a Nazi) in SEALED CARGO
The country who made this import DVD thought these two guys were Dana Andrews & Claude Rains
Bottom of the above poster for Alfred Werker's thriller SEALED CARGO
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