MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,204 this week

Malaya (1949)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  24 April 1950 (Sweden)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 708 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 7 critic

Newspaperman Royer convinces government officials of a plan to obtain rubber by stealing it out from under the Japanese. Carnahan is let out of prison to help.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1711 titles
created 19 Oct 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 123 titles
created 26 Feb 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Malaya" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Malaya (1949)

Malaya (1949) on IMDb 6.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Malaya.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland was a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, not a pitcher. While at spring training a B-36 flew over the field and Dutch was standing on third base. ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy
Pot o' Gold (1941)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt
Night Passage (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When her husband dies en route to America, Martha Price and her daughter Hilary are left to carry out his dream: the introduction of Hereford cattle into the American West. They enlist Sam ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
Broken Arrow (1950)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Devotion (1946)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Mystery Ranch (1932)
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An undercover ranger investigates a deranged rancher who acts as a law unto himself, finding a girl held as a prisoner until she agrees to marry the madman.

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Cecilia Parker, Charles Middleton
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Directors: Anthony Asquith, Geoffrey Barkas
Stars: Fay Compton, Tony Bruce, Carl Harbord
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
John Royer
...
Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
...
The Dutchman
John Hodiak ...
Kellar
...
John Manchester
...
Romano
Roland Winters ...
Bruno Gruber
Richard Loo ...
Colonel Genichi Tomura
Ian MacDonald ...
Carlos Tassuma
...
Matisson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Matthews ...
Matisson (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

After living abroad for several years, journalist John Royer returns to the United States just after the U.S. enters World War II. His boast that he could easily smuggle rubber, a key wartime natural resource, out of Malaya has him tasked with doing just that. He manages to get someone from his past, Carnaghan, sprung from Alactraz and together they head off to South East Asia posing as Irishmen. Once there, Carnaghan lines up some of his old cronies and with Royer and a few plantation owners plans to smuggle the rubber out from under the Japanese army's watchful eye. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

world war two | See All (1) »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 April 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Malaya  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The destroyer that Tracy and Stewart start their adventure on is a Fletcher Class Destroyer. The first was laid down in 1941 and the last in 1944; 175 war built. It was the first of the U.S. Navies large destroyers during World War II; it was also was the class with the largest number of examples built. Most served in the Pacific war. See more »

Goofs

One scene features wild chimpanzees. Chimps are natives of Africa, not Malaya. See more »

Quotes

The Dutchman: You'd better let me do the talking. Probably the only thing standing between you and eternity is my vocabulary.
See more »

Connections

Edited from They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A middling movie a little late in the game...fun, but not intense
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Malaya (1949)

It would be nice to love this movie—with a strong theme of wartime ingenuity and bravery, and with three stellar actors—but by the end I was thinking everyone involved was just going through the motions. That's probably enough in many ways with people this naturally gifted on screen, and the movie is enjoyable, no question. With all the borrowings or references to earlier classics (Sydney Greenstreet even has a big bird as a pet, as in "Casablanca"), it makes for a fun time.

The premise starts with some very compact storytelling—a somewhat disreputable man (James Stewart) is overheard saying he could smuggle rubber out of British Malaya (now Malaysia). It's WWII and the Army likes the idea enough to send him off with an ex-con (Spencer Tracy) who knows the area well. (This is all arranged with the help of Lionel Barrymore in a small role.)

Then the adventure begins as they penetrate with surprising ease the rubber plantations and arrange with the generally friendly locals and ex-pats to get their hidden stockpiles. The Japanese do eventually catch on and there is fun there, but not before a couple of torch songs and some humorous excess as usual from the likable Greenstreet.

Frankly, things never get exciting or even suspenseful, though interesting all along. One huge problem (for me) was a complete lack of details. The two men would say, okay, let's go get this rubber here, and they meet the plantation owner and there is some talk and then suddenly they are going down the river with some little barges. The Japanese have no suspicions, and the local smugglers are all these cheerful Resistance Fighter types who really like to help a lot.

It would be fun to know if a young viewer finds this exotic and fun or laughable. It's somewhere between in all. And what honestly holds it together for anyone who likes the actors is just watching familiar faces in new roles. That is one of the endless interests of the movies.

See it? Sure, if you already like older films or WWII films. It's not bad. The director Richard Thorpe is quite unknown these days, but the cinematographer is a standard bearer of he period, George Folsey, and that makes every scenes look terrific. Yeah, it's not at all bad. But it ain't great, either.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jimmie Stewart's character cindy-mercer23
Malaya poreilly
DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
Discuss Malaya (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?