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They Met in Bombay (1941)

Passed  -  Adventure | Comedy | Crime  -  27 June 1941 (USA)
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A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

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Gerald Meldrick
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Anya Von Duren
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Captain Chang
Jessie Ralph ...
Duchess of Beltravers
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The General
Matthew Boulton ...
Inspector Cressney
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Hotel Manager (as Edward Ciannelli)
Luis Alberni ...
Maitre d'hotel
Rosina Galli ...
Carmencita
Jay Novello ...
Bolo
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Mr. Toy (scenes deleted)
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The best-laid plans of jewel thief Gable and lady crook Russell fall apart when the thief unintentionally becomes a hero while posing as a British officer. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Stealing jewels for profit . . . and hearts for pleasure! See more »


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27 June 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Bombay now known as Mumbai, had its name changed in the year 1996. The present name was inspired by the local Goddess 'Mumbadevi'. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese soldiers confront our hero in the town square, and again when the Japanese set an ambush on the road, they are wearing German "coal scuttle" helmets. In reality, the Japanese helmets looked nothing like this. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Meldrick: It's my duty to arrest you... but how can a man put handcuffs on moonlight?
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Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
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Highlife, HiJinks, and High Praise
6 March 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell had worked twice together before. Russell was a supporting player in two of Gable's previous films, China Seas and Forsaking All Others. But in They Met in Bombay they make a bright pair of competing and then cooperating thieves.

Bombay is in fact where they do meet, both of them working individually on a caper to steal a really big diamond belonging to inebriated Dutchess, Jessie Ralph. When they discover who each really is, there's some antagonism, but the police chasing them forces some cooperation which becomes more and more willing as the film progresses.

The pair eventually arrive in Hong Kong and I dare not say more, but some of Gable's con games involve him something far bigger than he can handle as the plot takes some unbelievable turns.

Gable and Russell worked well together, it's a pity that this was their only teaming on the big screen. Look also for good performances by Peter Lorre as the sly Chinese freighter captain and Reginald Owen as the British General and Matthew Boulton as the frustrated British police inspector. Also if you look fast you'll see Alan Ladd in a minute part as a British soldier in a scene with Gable while the leads are in Hong Kong.

They Met in Bombay is fast paced and very funny and still holds up remarkably well today.


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