Mystery Sea Raider (1940)

76 mins | Drama | 9 August 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Mystery Raider. The film marked the American motion picture debut of actor Kurt Kreuger (1916--2006), who was credited as Knud Kreuger early in his career. ...

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The working title of this picture was Mystery Raider. The film marked the American motion picture debut of actor Kurt Kreuger (1916--2006), who was credited as Knud Kreuger early in his career.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Jul 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
5 Aug 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
2 Aug 1940
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
3 Aug 1940
p. 42
New York Times
26 Aug 1940
p. 11
Variety
7 Aug 1940
p. 16
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
William Le Baron
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mystery Raider
Release Date:
9 August 1940
Production Date:
began early May 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
9 August 1940
LP9840
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6325
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At the onset of World War II, June McCarthy returns to the United States from Europe, hoping to renew her relationship with Capt. Jimmy Madden. Jimmy is insulted when she urges him to give up his "rustbucket" of a ship for a "real" job, but June remains determined to help him. She enlists the help of Carl Cutler, a businessman she met on her voyage home, and he hires Jimmy's scow for his import-export business. Unknown to June, however, Carl is a German saboteur who has ordered his thugs to kill her because she knows too much. When the assassination fails, Carl takes June hostage aboard Jimmy's ship. After a German submarine intercepts the boat, Carl reveals that he is really a German commander intending to use the ship for the German war effort and, after imprisoning Jimmy and his crew, orders the ship be painted to look like a Danish vessel. Carl then uses the ship to wage a mission of destruction across the Carribean. After June conceives a plan to notify the outside world of the raider, Jimmy regains his trust in her, and together they proceed with the scheme. Using flares cut from life preservers, they send S.O.S. messages in various languages until their flares are intercepted by a British ship, which then comes to the aid of the captured freighter. In a final battle of wits, Carl refuses to surrender to the British and, after releasing his prisoners, goes down with his ship. Rescued by the British, Jimmy and June return together to the United ...

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At the onset of World War II, June McCarthy returns to the United States from Europe, hoping to renew her relationship with Capt. Jimmy Madden. Jimmy is insulted when she urges him to give up his "rustbucket" of a ship for a "real" job, but June remains determined to help him. She enlists the help of Carl Cutler, a businessman she met on her voyage home, and he hires Jimmy's scow for his import-export business. Unknown to June, however, Carl is a German saboteur who has ordered his thugs to kill her because she knows too much. When the assassination fails, Carl takes June hostage aboard Jimmy's ship. After a German submarine intercepts the boat, Carl reveals that he is really a German commander intending to use the ship for the German war effort and, after imprisoning Jimmy and his crew, orders the ship be painted to look like a Danish vessel. Carl then uses the ship to wage a mission of destruction across the Carribean. After June conceives a plan to notify the outside world of the raider, Jimmy regains his trust in her, and together they proceed with the scheme. Using flares cut from life preservers, they send S.O.S. messages in various languages until their flares are intercepted by a British ship, which then comes to the aid of the captured freighter. In a final battle of wits, Carl refuses to surrender to the British and, after releasing his prisoners, goes down with his ship. Rescued by the British, Jimmy and June return together to the United States.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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