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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's
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: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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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
derivative with a neat twist, 27 July 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell team up in "They Met in Bombay," a 1941 film also starring Peter Lorre. The two are both thieves, both with their eye on a valuable necklace, when they meet - she posing as aristocracy, he posing as a detective. They end up on the lam and in love.

The fun part of this film takes place later on when Gable, trying to come up with an escape plan for the two of them, gets a uniform and poses as a soldier. Unfortunately, a situation arises and a superior officer grabs him off the street for special duty. He's then in a very difficult position indeed.

It's fun to watch the two stars together. MGM didn't always know what to do with Russell's strong beauty - in "Trouble for Two" she is extremely Garboesque - here, her hairstyle and makeup are pure Hedy Lamar. Either way, she looks great and gives a nice performance as a woman in love in spite of herself. Gable is charming and plays it dead serious, which makes his war duties even more bizarre, as he's totally believable. Peter Lorre is on hand for a touch of the sinister.

The script could have been stronger to support these two stars and a good story. Nevertheless, it's good, breezy entertainment.

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