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They Met in Bombay (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 27 June 1941 (USA)
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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Anya Von Duren
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Captain Chang
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Duchess of Beltravers
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The General
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Inspector Cressney
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Hotel Manager (as Edward Ciannelli)
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Carmencita
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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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Trivia

Re-unites Gable and Russell for the second {and last time} since 1934's Forsaking all others. 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 fact, contemporary photographs of the Japanese Army in China (e.g., during the Rape of Nanking) show Japanese soldiers with German army "coal scuttle" helmets, which, obviously, were purchased from Nazi Germany. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Meldrick: Easy now, we're not caught yet.
Anya Von Duren: No, we're not, are we?
[They embrace and kiss]
Gerald Meldrick: I'm a liar... I'm caught alright.
Anya Von Duren: So am I.
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Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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On the Road to Mandalay
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Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Played several times as part of the score
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derivative with a neat twist
27 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell team up in "They Met in Bombay," a 1941 film also starring Peter Lorre. The two are both thieves, both with their eye on a valuable necklace, when they meet - she posing as aristocracy, he posing as a detective. They end up on the lam and in love.

The fun part of this film takes place later on when Gable, trying to come up with an escape plan for the two of them, gets a uniform and poses as a soldier. Unfortunately, a situation arises and a superior officer grabs him off the street for special duty. He's then in a very difficult position indeed.

It's fun to watch the two stars together. MGM didn't always know what to do with Russell's strong beauty - in "Trouble for Two" she is extremely Garboesque - here, her hairstyle and makeup are pure Hedy Lamar. Either way, she looks great and gives a nice performance as a woman in love in spite of herself. Gable is charming and plays it dead serious, which makes his war duties even more bizarre, as he's totally believable. Peter Lorre is on hand for a touch of the sinister.

The script could have been stronger to support these two stars and a good story. Nevertheless, it's good, breezy entertainment.


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