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Port of Hell (1954)

The new warden of a large American harbor raises the hackles of sailors and fishermen by his strict enforcement of all the safety rules. He takes the time, though, to romance the sister of his biggest rival.


Harold D. Schuster


D.D. Beauchamp (story), Gil Doud (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Dane Clark ... Gibson 'Gibb' Pardee
Carole Mathews ... Julie Povich
Wayne Morris ... Stanley Povich
Marshall Thompson ... Marsh Walker
Marjorie Lord ... Kay Walker
Harold Peary ... Leo
Otto Waldis ... Snyder
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard ... Nick
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... 'Sparks' Reynolds
James Alexander ... Parker (as Jim Alexander)
Victor Sen Yung ... Detonation Ship Radioman


Gibson Pardee, U.S.N.R. the Port Warden of Los Angeles harbor, runs his office with an iron hand and is unbending under his responsibilities. Marshall Walker, his close ex-Navy friend and assistant, confined to a wheel chair, is happy with his wife Kay and their two small children. As the two had always feared, they learn that a freighter that just docked has an atomic bomb aboard. The ship captain, Snyder, tells them that the bomb may be set off anytime within the next 12 hours by a Communist "detonating" ship hovering somewhere off shore. To prevent panic, Gibson and Walker get Gibson's enemy, tugboat captain Stanley Povich, to agree to tow the bomb-ship to sea in a race against time. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DANGER'S Own Port of Entry!









Release Date:

5 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Porto do Inferno See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie is so bad that it is great!
16 March 2003 | by d-cdeboltSee all my reviews

This movie is my favorite bad movie. It is based on the premise that Russia would select the port of San Pedro California as a key target to attack with an Atomic bomb hidden aboard a tanker. The captain, a spy, uses a pay phone within hearing distance of the port warden who over hears the plan to leave a falsely quarantined freighter in the harbor with an Atom bomb timed to explode. The port warden has to find a tug to pull the tanker out to sea. Evidently he doesn't have access to one only being the port warden. The only one he can think of belongs to a rival, the brother of his girl friend. He takes a taxi (they show this) to her home where where walks up to the house, confronts her brother, they brawl, but he obtains access to the tug. Then to man the helm he needs someone. He selects the office manager who is crippled and in a wheel chair. He has to be helped aboard the tug. Predictably, the they pull the tanker out to sea, the bomb does explode, and it's labeled a mystery in the newspaper. This terrible flick doesn't seem to appear on TV any more. It's a shame since it is so bad it is great to watch!

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