All Genres: Film-Noir, Adventure
Release Year: 1952
Rating: 6.7 (0)
Languages: English, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Josef von SternbergNicholas Ray
Writing by: George Bricker – uncredited
Edward Chodorov – uncredited
Norman Katkov – uncredited
Frank L. Moss – uncredited
Walter Newman – dialogue (uncredited)
Stanley Rubin – writer
Bernard C. Schoenfeld – writer
Robert Creighton Williams – story (as Bob Williams)
Produced by: Samuel Bischoff – executive producer
Alex Gottlieb – producer
Howard Hughes – executive producer (uncredited)
Cast: Robert Mitchum – Nick Cochran
Jane Russell – Julie Benson
William Bendix – Lawrence C. Trumble
Thomas Gomez – Lt. Sebastian
Gloria Grahame – Margie
Brad Dexter – Vincent Halloran
Edward Ashley – Martin Stewart
Philip Ahn – Itzumi
Vladimir Sokoloff – Kwan Sum Tang
Everett Glass – Garcia (unconfirmed)
Abdullah Abbas – Arabian (uncredited)
Music: Anthony Collins
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Plot Outline: A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard…
Plot: A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard ship on the 45-mile trip from Hong Kong to Macao. The singer is quickly hired by an American expatriate who runs the biggest casino in Macao and has a thriving business in converting hot jewels into cash. Her new boss thinks one of her traveling companions is a cop. One is — but not the one the boss suspects.
Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
Jagloms highly experimental sense of montage continues well into the closing credits, cutting between Orson Welles hysterical laugh, aerial shots of the roof, the younger Noah in the window and older Noah leaning on the jukebox staring directly into the camera as the credits roll on the left side.
Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: When the pinhead henchman drops the cage of little people, they are seen completely escaping; yet a moment later they are seen escaping again from a different angle.
Trivia: There are 5 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Producer Howard Hughes fired director Josef von Sternberg about a third of the way through and shot the rest with Nicholas Ray.
- Both Joyce Mackenzie and Jane Greer were considered for the part eventually played by Gloria Grahame, wife of uncredited co-director Nicholas Ray.
- Gloria Grahame did not want to be in this movie; Howard Hughes admitted that he never saw her previous performance opposite Humphrey Bogart in the film In a Lonely Place (1950), which is today unanimously considered among her finest performances. When Grahame asked to be loaned out to make George Stevenss A Place in the Sun (1951), Hughes turned down her request and forced her to make this movie (she reportedly dryly told her then-husband and uncredited director Nicholas Ray, who she was in the process of divorcing, that she wouldnt ask for alimony if he could get her out of this movie). Grahame later stated that she intentionally over-acted out of hatred for Hughes.