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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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The General
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Inspector Cressney
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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

In December 1940, Lana Turner was announced as the female lead. 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: 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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God Save the King!
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Written by Henry Carey (1744)
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It Takes a Thief
18 March 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Professional jewel thief Clark Gable (as Gerald Meldrick) has a perfect replica of the fabulously valuable necklace called "Star of Asia" made. He goes to Bombay, India posing as a Lloyd's of London detective. Keeping his British accent under wraps, Mr. Gable plans to steal the jeweled necklace, and leave the fake in its place. He meets phony baroness and socialite Rosalind Russell (as Anya Von Duren), another thief who wants the necklace. Learning "Duchess of Beltravers" Jessie Ralph has a fondness for alcohol, Ms. Russell maneuvers herself a seat at Ms. Ralph's table and gets the old woman drunk...

After Ralph passes out, Gable and Russell vie for the necklace. They become mutually attracted. All goes well when director Clarence Brown guides it around the Bombay hotel, where we follow the real and fake necklaces. Next, the co-stars escape authorities on a boat. Peter Lorre appears, briefly, as a Chinese captain with a yen for money. Uneasily, the heist story becomes a war movie. The playful first half is forgotten. They should have showed more of the delightful Jessie Ralph, looking for her necklace, and finally accepting Gable and Russell as imaginary heirs and occasional drinking buddies.

***** They Met in Bombay (6/27/41) Clarence Brown ~ Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Jessie Ralph, Peter Lorre


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