A group of strangers meet on a Japanese steamer bound for the Panama canal. No one is exactly who he or she claims to be and the voyage from Halifax to Panama becomes a matter of life and death for the passengers in general, and for the future of the United States in particular.
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This is an odd experience. On one hand you have Bogie, Greenstreet, Astor and Huston reuniting fresh off the success of The Maltese Falcon but on the other you have a incoherent story that primarily is designed to be a war propaganda film. This would all work if the the film had any real drive or made any type of narrative sense. It doesn't. But it is an oddly interesting film with another look at Bogie in his prime.