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Calcutta (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 29 August 1947 (Finland)
Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

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Neale Gordon and Pedro Lake, commercial pilots who fly the hump between Chungking and Calcutta learn, when they reach Calcutta, that their pal, Bill Cunningham, has been murdered. Neales investigation leads him to the Chalgani Club, run by Eric Lasser. Marina Tanov, the club's Russian singer, in love with Neale, tells him that Bill was engaged to an American girl, Virginia Moore. Neale seeks out Virginia, who admits that Bill gave her the $10,000 necklace she is wearing. Knowing that Bill never had that kind of money, Neale checks up. He learns that Bill had actually bought and paid for it. Neale and Virginia are having a drink at the bar when Pedro shows Neale a valuable star-sapphire which he found in the hangar. The pilots then realize they have stumbled onto a smuggling racket. Neale is convinced that Virginia is not involved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One girl is out to get him with her lips...one with a gun! (original print ad) See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. A popular local favorite, its first documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Sunday 8 March 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), followed by Asheville 2 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by St. Louis 18 April 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), by San Francisco 2 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), by Chicago 7 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Phoenix 22 May 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Seattle 30 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Philadelphia 17 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Milwaukee 28 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Detroit 22 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Johnstown 1 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Pittsburgh 19 November 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), and by Toledo 20 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11). See more »

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Exactly what does it have to do with Calcutta?
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Routine mystery suffers from Ladd's seeming indifference to his character in the lead and Gail Russell's unsuitability for her role. Add into that the fact that they share almost no rapport on screen and it hurts the picture. Gail, a lovely actress whose looks had not been destroyed by her extreme alcoholism at this point, is too gentle a presence to be convincing as the sort of femme fatale that was Ladd's frequent partner, Veronica Lake's stock in trade. The best performance comes from supporting player Edith King, in her screen debut, as the shady but very fun Mrs. Smith who though it's never stated outright is obviously the local madame as well as involved in other shady doings. The picture comes to life whenever she enters the scene. It's a pity her role isn't larger. Otherwise this is a standard actioner, which despite the title could have been set anywhere since it's mostly set indoors, that the studios pumped out weekly to keep product in the theatres during the Golden Age.


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