Alert in the Mediterranean

Alert in the Mediterranean (French: Alerte en Méditerranée) is a 1938 French thriller film directed by Léo Joannon and starring Pierre Fresnay, Nadine Vogel and Rolf Wanka. It was the fifth most popular film at the French box office in 1938.[1] It also proved a success in Belgium after being released in Brussels in October 1938.

Alert in the Mediterranean
Directed byLéo Joannon
Written byLéo Joannon
T.H. Robert
Roger Vitrac
StarringPierre Fresnay
Nadine Vogel
Rolf Wanka
Music byMichel Michelet
CinematographyMarcel Lucien
Edited byLouis Devaivre
Société des Films Vega
Distributed byCompagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release date
1 September 1938
Running time
104 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Robert Gys.

The following year it was remade in Britain as Hell's Cargo directed by Harold Huth.


After meeting in Tangiers three naval officers, British, French and German, are able to overcome their national antipathy and come to the assistance of a neutral ship in distress.



  1. Driskell p.207


  • Crisp, Colin. Genre, Myth and Convention in the French Cinema, 1929-1939. Indiana University Press, 2002.
  • Driskell, Jonathan. The French Screen Goddess: Film Stardom and the Modern Woman in 1930s France. I.B.Tauris, 2015.
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