Human Cargo


1h 6m 1936

Film Details

Also Known As
I Will Be Faithful
Release Date
May 29, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 May 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel I Will Be Faithful by Kathleen Shepard (New York, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,000ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

A newspaper story by Patrick "Packy" Campbell reveals that 10,000 aliens are smuggled monthly across the borders into the United States, and that afterwards, the smugglers extort the illegals' salaries by threatening to turn them in. When Bonnie Brewster, the daughter of the newspaper's principal advertiser, arrives at the office hoping to become a reporter, Packy asks her to join him that evening to help get a story. At the 500 Club, during Latin dancer, Carmen Zoro's performance, Packy sends Bonnie up to Carmen's dressing room to look for Baretto, a gangster. She is trapped by Baretto, but the police are summoned and the criminal is shot. To get Carmen's story and to save her from reprisals, Packy hides her in his apartment with a ladies' editor to keep her company. However, Bonnie, whom Packy allowed to be arrested, brings District Attorney Joe Carey to take Carmen and Packy into custody. Now working for a rival newspaper, Bonnie convinces Carmen to tell her story, but as she is about to tell the name of the boss of the alien smuggling ring, Carmen is shot by mobster Tony Sculla. While Bonnie is upset, Packy telephones the story into their papers. They both then follow Carmen's lead to the Northern Star liner in Canada and pretend to be a French couple trying to enter the United States. They acquire passage and the bridal suite for $450, but the gang learns their true identity, and they are taken off the ship. Hauled away in a truck by Sculla, they manage to escape, and Packy takes the captured Sculla to the newspaper. Packy and his editor, Lionel "Bulldog" Crocker, scare the gangster by discussing the details of executions until Sculla names prominent civic leader Gilbert Fender as the leader of the mob. At the same time, Bonnie seeks Carey at the home of his friend, Fender. Waiting for Carey, she tells Fender what they have discovered, and she is tied up. When Packy, the police and Carey arrive at Fender's, Sculla recants his story at Carey's urging. However, Packy sees Bonnie's bracelet, and the gang is rounded up.

Film Details

Also Known As
I Will Be Faithful
Release Date
May 29, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 May 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel I Will Be Faithful by Kathleen Shepard (New York, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,000ft (7 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was I Will Be Faithful. Eddie Bernard, Paul Stanton and Ford Sterling are listed as cast members in the Hollywood Reporter production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a November 1935 Los Angeles Times news item, a story with the title Human Cargo, which was to take place in Ethiopia and Egypt, was being adapted by Hamilton MacFadden. Although a treatment by MacFadden and a first draft screen adaptation by MacFadden and Barry Trivers are included in the file for the film in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, it is uncertain whether any material from that story was used in this film.