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Release Date:
27 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Stealing jewels for profit . . . and hearts for pleasure! See more »
A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Gerald Meldrick

Rosalind Russell ... Anya Von Duren

Peter Lorre ... Captain Chang
Jessie Ralph ... Duchess of Beltravers

Reginald Owen ... The General
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Cressney

Eduardo Ciannelli ... Hotel Manager (as Edward Ciannelli)
Luis Alberni ... Maitre d'hotel
Rosina Galli ... Carmencita

Jay Novello ... Bolo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Keye Luke ... Mr. Toy (scenes deleted)
Philip Ahn ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Philson Ahn ... Japanese Radio Man (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Sailor (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Soldier in Saloon (uncredited)

Jimmy Aubrey ... Soldier in Saloon (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Burton ... Doctor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Stephen Chase ... Officer (uncredited)

Wong Chung ... Chinese Merchant (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Sergeant on Sidewalk (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Captain in Car (uncredited)
Francis Compton ... Major in Car (uncredited)
Tommy Conlon ... Young Lieutenant (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Corporal at Base (uncredited)
James Craven ... Captain in Car (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... Private (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Hotel Barber (uncredited)
Gerald Fielding ... Officer (uncredited)
E.L. Fisher-Smith ... Corporal on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Elder Foo Sing (uncredited)
Chester Gan ... Woo Tau Woo (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Private (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Chief of Detectives (uncredited)
Roland Got ... Young Foo Sing (uncredited)
Denis Green ... Captain (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Car Driver (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Maid to Duchess (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Sergeant at Base (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... Officer (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Corporal on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Tetsu Komai ... Capt. Chang's First Mate (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Third Mate (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Richard Loo ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Missionary (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Marston ... Officer (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Man in Hotel Restaurant (uncredited)
Peggy McKim ... Crying Child Under Truck (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Pat O'Hara ... Private (uncredited)
Bob Okazaki ... Japanese General (uncredited)
John Power ... Captain (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Japanese Colonel (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Sentry (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Private (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Officer (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Deputy Policeman (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Sergeant on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... British Medical Major (uncredited)
Nanette Vallon ... Beauty Operator (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Lt. Ashley (uncredited)
Gordon Wallace ... Private (uncredited)
Adelaide Whytal ... Old Lady (uncredited)

Judith Wood ... Mrs. Ames, Nurse (uncredited)

Harry Worth ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Victor Sen Yung ... Gin Long (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Edwin Justus Mayer (screen play) and
Anita Loos (screen play) and
Leon Gordon (screen play)

John H. Kafka (based on a story by) (as John Kafka)

Lawrence Hazard  uncredited
Melchior Lengyel  uncredited
R.C. Sherriff  uncredited

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (music score)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Russell
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Waters .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Bassman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
G.O.T. Bagley .... technical advisor (as Major G.O.T. Bagley)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 (1948) | Finland:(Banned) (1944) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7383)

Did You Know?

"Bombay" is an anglicization of the Portuguese name "Bombaim," which is believed to derive from the phrase "Bom Bahia," or "Good Bay."See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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18 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Say it isn't so, 11 October 2001
Author: jaykay-10

This picture is likely to make the viewer yearn to know what went on behind the scenes during its making. The impression one gets is that about halfway through the filming (or writing of the scenario, or both) someone decided that what they had so far wasn't working, but that there was already too much invested to discard it. So from a conventional international jewel thieves romance/suspense/comedy (better than some of its type, not as good as others), the film shifts gears abruptly and becomes a wartime adventure, with our hero and heroine trapped by the battles raging around them. Having once put in some time in the military (before being asked to leave), the Gable character needs do nothing more than don a tailor-made uniform to pass as an authentic member of the corps, his presence unquestioned by any of his colleagues, his authority unchallenged by anyone to whom he issues orders. Needless to say, he becomes a war hero, awarded the highest honors despite there presumably being no record of his existence.

Wait a minute.....weren't we talking about jewel thieves? Yes, and so was the picture, no more than fifteen minutes earlier.

Don't despair - before the final credits, the two stories are reconciled about as clumsily as the rest of the picture is put together.

Could it be that this 1941 product was deemed too lightweight and frivolous for an audience whose nation was being drawn into a world war, and that the studio bosses decided to make it more contemporary? If so, they should have taken their losses on what was already written and/or filmed, because the incongruous story they released is an embarrassment.

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