After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to recuperate his hidden stash of pearls and to search for his sweetheart who disappeared during a Japanese attack in 1942.



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Complete credited cast:
Linda Grahame / Ann Van Leyden
Roland Culver ...
Michael Van Leyden
Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
Mrs. Bellows
Mr. Mauribus
Mr. Gerald Bellows
George Lloyd ...
Sascha Barda
Ming Ling
Rev. Thomas Barnes
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Edith Barnes
Frederick Worlock ...
Lal Chand Mehra ...
Mr. Hussein
Curt Conway ...


After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance during the Japanese attack. But now Linda resurfaces...with amnesia and married to rich planter Van Leyden. Meanwhile, sinister fence Mauribus schemes to get Matt's pearls. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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She was back with a stranger


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Release Date:

13 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Singapur  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 3, 1947 with Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner reprising their film roles See more »


Linda: So let me ruin you fast.
Matt Gordon: How many have you ruined?
Linda: You're my last victim, darling.
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Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

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Contrived, but holds your interest
1 June 2003 | by (Bend, Oregon US) – See all my reviews

Director John Brahm manages to hold this poor-man's "Casablanca" together. The picture moves at a good clip and Brahm makes the studio-set Singapore visually interesting. There's help too from stars Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner as lovers whose lives are complicated by World War II and Gardner's amnesia when MacMurray, who thought her dead, finds her again in postwar Singapore, married to a wealthy planter. MacMurray and Gardner are really a goofy romantic team, but MacMurray has his appealing casual charm, and Gardner's vague, unfocused acting works well in some of her amnesiac scenes (plus she was at her most beautiful in the late 1940's). Supporting turns by pros like Richard Haydn and Spring Byington are also a plus. Overall, contrived and derivative, but it looks like a classic compared to the depressing Errol Flynn 1957 remake, "Istanbul."

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