MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,393 this week

To the Ends of the Earth (1948)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 277 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 5 critic

Based on the files of the United States Department of Treasury. Commissioner Michael Barrows is an American Government Agent. On board a Coast Gaurd boat off the California coast he chases ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(original story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2178 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 2508 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 19 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 731 titles
created 22 May 2013
 
a list of 203 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: To the Ends of the Earth (1948)

To the Ends of the Earth (1948) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of To the Ends of the Earth.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sheila Page, a Broadway star, shoots Barney, her murderous husband on New Year's Eve. She flees her apartment and goes to her Producer, John Friday. When she arrives, it is New Year's day, ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Leslie, Virginia Field
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Larry Nelson, paroled from prison after serving nearly half of his thirty-year sentence, is determined to not fall into the clutches of the law again, and takes a quiet job at a country ... See full summary »

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: Richard Basehart, Marilyn Maxwell, Signe Hasso
Framed (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Spring Byington
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A post World War 2, US Army agent is assigned to join the Foreign Legion in search of high ranking Nazi war criminal who may have also enlisted.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Dick Powell, Märta Torén, Vincent Price
Undertow (1949)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After being released from prison, an ex-convict is framed for a murder. The man sets out to find the real killers before the police blame the crime on him.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Las Vegas visit of singer Linda Rollins and her shady businessman husband leads to murder, and the cop on the case is Linda's old flame.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Comedy about a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter who, one Christmas Eve, receives a very unexpected present - juvenile delinquent Debbie Reynolds.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Ann Grant
Maylia ...
Shu Pan Wu
Ludwig Donath ...
Nicholas Sokim
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Commissioner Lum Chi Chow
Edgar Barrier ...
Grieg
...
George C. Shannon
Marcel Journet ...
Commissioner Lariesier
Luis Van Rooten ...
Commissioner Alberto Berado
Fritz Leiber ...
Binda Sha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry J. Anslinger ...
Commissioner H.J. Anslinger
Edit

Storyline

Based on the files of the United States Department of Treasury. Commissioner Michael Barrows is an American Government Agent. On board a Coast Gaurd boat off the California coast he chases a ship. The Captain of the ship, the Kira Maru, panics and ruthlessly sends 100 Chinese slaves to a watery death. Barrows recovers a live preserver that tells him the ship is out of Shanghai. He travels there to track down the ship's captain and discovers that these deaths point to a huge drug smuggling operation. In Shanghai, while searching for the captain of the Kira Maru, he becomes suspicious of a women, Ann Grant, believing she's Jean Hawks the narcotics ringleader. He follows the narcotics trail "to the ends of the Earth" taking him from Shanghai to Cairo, Beirut and Havana to stop the drugs and the jean Hawks ring at the US border. Written by <bill@dssny.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Opium  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 23, 1949 with Dick Powell and Signe Hasso reprising their film roles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grass (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hollywood's Production Code is revised and paves the way for Popeye Doyle.

This was a combination documentary/fictional melodrama "based on actual incidents from the files of the Narcotics Division of the United States Treasury Department" for the "purpose of setting forth the functions and procedures of the Division" headed by Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger, who appears as himself in the opening, middle and end of the film. One of the "thou-shalt-nots" that was part of the Production Code list that had to be adhered to before a film could be issued an approval number---in this case PCA No. 12390---was an edict against showing any kind of illegal drug trafficking. The producers fought for and acquired a revision in the Code for this film.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How to get a copy of this movie dforster
a terrific movie...but mheckman-1
Discuss To the Ends of the Earth (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?