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Port of Missing Girls (1938)

Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ... See full summary »


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Karl Brown (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Capt. Josiah Storm
Judith Allen ... Della Mason
Milburn Stone ... Jim Benton
Betty Compson ... Chicago
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Duke Ransom
George Cleveland ... Clinton
Jane Jones Jane Jones ... Minnie
Willy Castello ... Manuel


Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ship of Captain Josiah Storm (Harry Carey), a woman-hater, and the ship sails from San Francisco headed for China. Della is discovered by Jim Benton (Milburn Stone, the ship's first mate and he pleads her case to the captain. He leaves her in under the protection of Minnie (Jane Jones)at "Minnie's Joint in Shanghai, until her innocence can be established. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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INNOCENT! But the finger of guilt pointed at her! See more »


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Release Date:

23 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lar Sem Teto See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its first telecast Friday 19 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television audiences got their first look at it Wednesday 26 April 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Remake of The Port of Missing Girls (1928) See more »


Dream Cargo
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Music by Charles Rosoff
Sung by Judith Allen
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Perfect movie for 4 AM
14 November 2005 | by DeeJsBabeSee all my reviews

I became a Harry Carey fan because of this movie, having not really noticed him before. I think he was great in his simplicity, and since my first viewing of this on SPN (one of the original satellite stations)I have always paid attention to movies he was in.

I wish there were a way to give a movie like this a distinctive score, say a 5.3; something to denote perfection in its unique way, yet let the reader know that it's no Titanic. The scenery is cheap, save for maybe the opening number, which has Della singing in a nightclub. Milburn Stone is B all the way.

It takes you on a foggy boat ride to ports unknown and back, with a seedy nightclub along the way.

This movie has its intended comic moments, and some moments which are made comic over the passage of time.

I happen to like this kind of film, and go out of my way to pick up copies of everyone (like this) of interest. Most of these movies were made in a day (long gone) of Deco Nightclubs, Offices, and Hotels. It's a style long gone, and when someone in the modern era uses Deco it really stands out, like Jack Palance's office in Batman. In movies like the one I am reviewing, Deco was the order of the day. Even the cheapest movies had that wonderful style.

This movie is available on DVD from Amazon; copy is not that great, but that sort of adds to it. For seven bucks, pick it up and......

Sit back, sip some coffee and forget about CGI.

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