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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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Trivia

"Bombay" is an anglicization of the Portuguese name "Bombaim," which is believed to derive from the phrase "Bom Bahia," or "Good Bay." 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 »

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Gerald Meldrick: It's my duty to arrest you... but how can a man put handcuffs on moonlight?
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On the Road to Mandalay
Music by Oley Speaks (uncredited)
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling (uncredited)
Played several times as part of the score
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competing jewel thieves fall for each other
16 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was great to see another little remembered Gable film made before he went off to war. When he was paired with Rosalind Russell in "China Seas", they met in Hong Hong and traveled by ship to Singapore. Here, they meet in Bombay and travel by ship to Hong Kong, under quite different circumstances, as fugitive jewel thieves. In general form, this film reminds me of the later "The Big Steal", a chase thriller-screwball romantic comedy combo in an exotic locale, involving a man and woman, unknown to each other, looking for the same thing. Toward the end, it turns into a forerunner of "The Great Imposter", with Gable successfully fooling the British Hong Kong garrison into believing he is a British officer, who happens to be passing through. This gets him into more hot water than he bargained for, as the Japanese invade Hong Kong(as they actually did less than a year later!). Peter Lorre doesn't fool anyone as the supposedly Chinese captain of the ship taking the thieves to Hong Kong. This is mostly Gable's film. Sometimes, I wondered if I was looking at a deglamourized Heddy Lamarr instead of Rosalind Russell. All in all, an entertaining, if silly, romp, with Gable still looking in peak form and seeming to enjoy himself.


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