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Strange Cargo

A pivotal film in Frank Borzage's career, Strange Cargo (1940) finds the director moving beyond his concern with the spiritual qualities of human relationships to a broader, more mystical vision of a transcendent harmony between man and nature. Some viewers will object to the film's overtly allegorical structure (a mysterious avatar figure played by Ian Hunter leads a group of escaped convicts through a purgatorial jungle), but Borzage's power lies in his clarity. Adapted by Lawrence Hazard from Richard Sale's novel Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep; with Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and Peter Lorre.

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