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Macao (1952)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 28 May 1952 (Italy)
Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

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A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard ship on the 45-mile trip from Hong Kong to Macao. The singer is quickly hired by an American expatriate who runs the biggest casino in Macao and has a thriving business in converting hot jewels into cash. Her new boss thinks one of her traveling companions is a cop. One is -- but not the one the boss suspects. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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DANGEROUS PARADISE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Макао  »

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Jane Russel confesses in her autobiography that, during the shooting of Macao, the director Josef Von Sternberg told eating was forbidden on the set for the crew. But that did not prevent Bob Mitchum to bring a basket of food every day for the whole technicians and actors. See more »

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In the DVD subtitles, some of the Portuguese police commander's dialogue has the words "señor" and "señora," spelled in the Spanish way. The Portuguese forms are "senhor" and "senhora". See more »

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Nick Cochran: You know, you remind me of an old Egyptian girlfriend of mine. The Sphinx.
Margie: Are you partial to females made of stone?
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Ocean Breeze
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jane Russell
Played on phonograph
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Half a wow for Macao
27 June 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

It's a routine but atmospheric potboiler, and worth a watch if not seen before. I've seen it a dozen times, but I'm a sucker for this kind of hard boiled dark nonsense. "Shanghai Express" was much better in all departments from Sternberg in the Golden Age, darker gloomier and more menacing, and is the yardstick I judge his other work from. Co-directed by Nicholas Ray (or was it finished?) "Macao" stands out for me from the real routine Hollywood films of the period, the ones that were meant to make a lot of money and did.

Brad Dexter's finest film role as the whispering crook, Mitchum sparkles (or rather, snoozes his way through) in his best comedic vein, Russell and Grahame are perfectly decorative, however it's a pity Bendix couldn't have stuck around to the end. Mitchum boarded Macao without a passport and was the only one not searched at Customs - and the slender thread the whole story hangs by is also perpetrated by Thomas Gomez there too.

If you, like me liked "The big steal" or "His kind of woman" you're sure to like this.


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