Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day... See full summary »
Philip Sutherland is an American news writer stationed in Moscow since the war; while there he falls for a Russian ballet dancer, Marya Lamarkins, who, he finds out, learned English because... See full summary »
This film received its USA television premiere on Friday 26 October 1956 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its New York City television premiere took place on 3 February 1957 on WCBS, and in San Francisco on 28 December 1957 on KGO-TV. See more »
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 »
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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