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Malaya (1949)

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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John Royer
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Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
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The Dutchman
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Kellar
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John Manchester
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Romano
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Bruno Gruber
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Colonel Genichi Tomura
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Carlos Tassuma
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Matisson
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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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24 April 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Operation Malaya  »

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$2,396,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

The Dutchman: [to his pet cockatoo] One day in your seed will be cyanide, and you'll stop laughing for the rest of time.
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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.


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