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Malaya (1949)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  24 April 1950 (Sweden)
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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.

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Carnahan
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John Royer
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Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
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The Dutchman
John Hodiak ...
Kellar
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John Manchester
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Romano
Roland Winters ...
Bruno Gruber
Richard Loo ...
Colonel Genichi Tomura
Ian MacDonald ...
Carlos Tassuma
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Matisson
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Lester Matthews ...
Matisson (scenes deleted)
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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

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Adventure | Drama

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24 April 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Operation Malaya  »

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

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Spenser Tracy says to Luana that the Earth is moving toward the Sun at the rate of a half an inch a century. In fact, the Earth is in a stable orbit that over an astronomical time scale will in fact move away from the Sun. As the Sun loses mass as it fuses hydrogen into helium, the Earth's orbit will increase by a minuscule amount; approximately 150,000 kilometers over approximately the next 5 to 6 billion years. See more »

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The Dutchman: You'd better let me do the talking. Probably the only thing standing between you and eternity is my vocabulary.
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TERRIFIC MOVIE - CLOSE TO A CLASSIC
15 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just by chance I was home to catch this terrific movie when it was shown a few days ago on cable TV...what a happy surprise! Both Stewart and Tracy play "good-bad guys" whose inner morality and patriotism rises to the top when the going gets tough. The supporting cast is full of top talent, including super performances from John Hodiak, Sidney Greenstreet, and Lionel Barrymore. Richard Loo and Gilbert Roland both play brilliantly to their "type" and are fine as well, and Roland Winters (usually in pompous comic roles) is very effective as a German rubber plantation owner who should not be trusted! Look for the always-welcome Russel Hicks in the scene on the train, and savor the sound of his elegant voice.

In addition, the script by Frank Fenton is way above average, with very droll and off-hand wit in evidence throughout.

All in all, a first-rate movie which deserves to be much better known!


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