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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: for 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

Also Known As:
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 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7383)

Did You Know?

Bombay now known as Mumbai, had its name changed in the year 1996. The present name was inspired by the local Goddess 'Mumbadevi'.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:It's my duty to arrest you... but how can a man put handcuffs on moonlight?See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Highlife, HiJinks, and High Praise, 6 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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