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.



(screenplay), (story)

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne,... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Joan Fontaine, James Stewart, Eddie Albert
The Jackpot (1950)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason
Pot o' Gold (1941)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 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
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. It all started when Marsh, who was one to do ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper.

Directors: Leslie Fenton, King Vidor, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Paulette Goddard, James Stewart, Henry Fonda
Magic Town (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter
Thunder Bay (1953)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland
The Mountain (1956)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, Genevieve Tobin
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns


Complete credited cast:
John Royer
Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
The Dutchman
John Manchester
Bruno Gruber
Colonel Genichi Tomura
Carlos Tassuma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matisson (scenes deleted)


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


Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

24 April 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Malaya  »

Box Office


$2,396,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The PT Boat attack on the cruiser was lifted from the film They Were Expendable (1945) See more »


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


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


Edited from They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the better war movies ever made.
25 October 1998 | by (Pensacola FL) – See all my reviews

Stewart gets Tracy out of jail to steal rubber from the Japs in Malaya during WWII. Not too much violence for a war movie but loads of adventure and twists. Obviously they'll succeed but not without a lot of conflict and action. The kind of movie you'll want to see several times because it's one of the best war movies ever made. Excellent acting, dialog, cinematography and direction. About the best actors possible to get into one movie. Wish it was on video tape.

12 of 18 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: