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Director:
Writers:
Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
27 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Stealing jewels for profit . . . and hearts for pleasure! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Highlife, HiJinks, and High Praise See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)

Alan Ladd ... British Soldier (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Third Mate (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Marston ... Officer (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)
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Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay) and
Anita Loos (screenplay) and
Leon Gordon (screenplay)

John H. Kafka (story) (as John Kafka)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
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)
 
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)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
92 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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?

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:
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 reality, the Japanese helmets looked nothing like this.See more »
Quotes:
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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10 out of 11 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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