Port of 40 Thieves Film Details
Overview: Muriel is the scheming widow of the fabulously-wealthy Hartford Chaney III. Muriel’s husband has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, freeing her to marry her playboy paramour …
Tagline: HAIR RAISING! CHILL FILLED! THRILL PACKED!
Review: Port of 40 Thieves – 1944 Once more I dig into that seemingly endless supply of low rent programmers put out by Republic Pictures. These things are always a hit or miss deal with the miss column usually victorious. This one though is a hands down knockout. A great little femme-fatale quickie with plot enough for 3-4 of these features. Stephanie Bachelor plays the lead in this black widow sleeper. Bachelor is the wife of a missing writer who just happens to be worth a million or two. Hubby has been missing now for seven years and it is time to have him declared legally dead so she can claims the cash. She hires big time lawyer Tom Keene to set the paperwork in motion. She wants to “move on with my life” she tells Keene. Keene takes the case and starts with a little background work on the missing husband. The husband it seems had written an expose (Port of 40 Thieves) on New York banker types and how they had amassed their fortunes. Needless to say this did not go over very well and he disappeared shortly afterwards. Most seem to believe that someone mentioned in the book had got some payback. Now the flies in the ointment begin to appear. A cheque signed by the missing man shows up. Phone calls to Bachelor’s apartment asking to speak to her husband start. One of his old jackets is found lying across the sofa. Someone is trying to put the scare into Bachelor but she refuses to get rattled. Her current squeeze, George Meeker, asks why she is so calm. She looks him in the eye, and tells him. “I know he is dead, because I killed him.” She says that the cheque etc. must be someone trying to make a play for some cash. Bachelor has been supporting herself during the last 7 years by doing a spot of blackmail. She has some papers of hubby’s on a financier who had not made it into his expose. She has been bleeding him dry in order to keep herself in the style she is used to. Stephanie soon discovers who might be after her. It seems there is a grown daughter from the dear departed husband’s first marriage. The daughter, Lynne Roberts, is sure that Bachelor killed her father and intends to prove it. Bachelor decides it is time to hit the road before things get nasty. A trip to South America seems in order. She puts the bite on the financier for 50 large in traveling expenses. Now she just needs to tie up a loose end or two. First, paramour Meeker goes for a twelve floor ride without the benefit of an elevator. Then a less than friendly end to Roberts at the end of a revolver is planned. Roberts is only saved by the timely arrival of Keene who has finally tumbled to the truth about Bachelor. This is much better than I’m making this sound. There are plenty of twists and turns here and at only 58 minutes it just rockets along. Good little programmer. The cast includes Russell Hicks, Ellen Lowe, Mary Field and even though he is not in the film, there is a large portrait of Roy Barcroft as the dead husband. Keene appeared in DANGEROUS INTRUDER, CROSSFIRE, BERLIN EXPRESS, RACE STREET and BLOOD ON THE MOON. Stephanie Bachelor’s films include, CRIME OF THE CENTURY, HOMICIDE FOR THREE, BLACKMAIL and EXPERIMET PERILOUS. The d of p was b movie stalwart Jack A. Marta. Marta made about 100 low budget features at Republic before hitting the big time with the likes CAT BALLOU, PLAZA SUITE, DUEL and several of those terrible Billy Jack movies. The director was veteran serial director John English.
Duration: 58 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Also known as: Port of Forty Thieves,O Porto dos 40 Ladrões,Port of 40 Thieves,El puerto de los cuarenta ladrones