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Director:
Writers:
Edwin Justus Mayer (screen play) and
Anita Loos (screen play) ...
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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:
It Takes a Thief See more (14 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)
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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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 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 »
Quotes:
Gerald Meldrick:It's my duty to arrest you... but how can a man put handcuffs on moonlight?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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It Takes a Thief, 18 March 2015
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Professional jewel thief Clark Gable (as Gerald Meldrick) has a perfect replica of the fabulously valuable necklace called "Star of Asia" made. He goes to Bombay, India posing as a Lloyd's of London detective. Keeping his British accent under wraps, Mr. Gable plans to steal the jeweled necklace, and leave the fake in its place. He meets phony baroness and socialite Rosalind Russell (as Anya Von Duren), another thief who wants the necklace. Learning "Duchess of Beltravers" Jessie Ralph has a fondness for alcohol, Ms. Russell maneuvers herself a seat at Ms. Ralph's table and gets the old woman drunk...

After Ralph passes out, Gable and Russell vie for the necklace. They become mutually attracted. All goes well when director Clarence Brown guides it around the Bombay hotel, where we follow the real and fake necklaces. Next, the co-stars escape authorities on a boat. Peter Lorre appears, briefly, as a Chinese captain with a yen for money. Uneasily, the heist story becomes a war movie. The playful first half is forgotten. They should have showed more of the delightful Jessie Ralph, looking for her necklace, and finally accepting Gable and Russell as imaginary heirs and occasional drinking buddies.

***** They Met in Bombay (6/27/41) Clarence Brown ~ Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Jessie Ralph, Peter Lorre

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