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Manila Calling (1942)

 -  Drama | War  -  16 October 1942 (USA)
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When the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lucky Matthews
Edna Fraser
Jeff Bailey
Tim O'Rourke
Ralph Byrd ...
Charles Tannen ...
Ted North ...
Walter Jamison
Harold Huber ...
Lester Matthews ...
Wayne Ralston
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Harold Watson
Victor Sen Yung ...


When the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of Filipino Scouts (Moros) and make their way to the coast. The party, radio technician Jeff Bailey (Cornel Wilde) and communications men Lucky Matthews (Lloyd Nolan) and Tom O'Rourke (James Gleason), finds an advance Japanese unit on the plantation of an old friend and, working with the Moros as a guerilla unit, attack and seize the site from the Japanese in order to use the radio transmitter. Solidifying themselves in the stronghold they discover there is no food or water and it is surrounded by the Japanese. A night club singer, Edna Fraser (Carole Landis), escaping from the Japanese, gets into the plantation. Jeff is working to fix their radio set, hoping to send a message of hope and courage to the conquered and enslaved Filipinos of the district, and the Japanese, aware of this possibility, are ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Out Of The Battlegrounds Of Bataan And Corregidor Rose the Might Of A New Army! See more »


Drama | War






Release Date:

16 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calling Manila  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in The Street with No Name (1948) See more »

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My comments about this film are formulated from the mind of a young boy of nine or ten.
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The war in my town of Cabanatuan in the center of Luzon island in the Philippines just ended although there were still Japanese die-hards hiding in the foothills around our town, taking pot shots at GIs, civilians etc. I remember seeing this movie, "Manila Calling," in this kind of postwar atmosphere. I must have been in first grade, knowing no English except "Hello Joe," "Victory Joe," "Got chewing gum, Joe?" but I remember understanding and being able to follow the story line or plot of the movie. I loved this movie as I loved all the other American war movies that I saw as a little boy, just delivered from the misery of war and the brutality of the Japanese conquerors. The GIs and General MacArthur were our heroes. After a span of more than five decades I can remember vividly Lloyd Nolan's character trying to outwit the Japs and get an old, broken down two-seat civilian airplane started so he can escape. It's kind of hazy, being not able to understand the dialogue, but I do remember that before fleeing from the Japanese, Nolan and the townspeople were desperate in their attempt to find fresh water as the Japanese either poisoned or cut off the town's water supply. I wish I can see this movie again, either on TV or to purchase or rent a VHS version of it.

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