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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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They try to forget their pasts in exotic, exciting Macao, port of sin and shady dealings! See more »


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Trivia

When Lawrence Trumble is getting himself a shave, he speaks to the Chinese salon lady in Pigeon English. She replies to him asking about baseball - either Yankees or Dodgers in perfect English, shocking him. Macao was released in 1952 and in the same year, New York Yankees defeated Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 to take the Major League Baseball title. 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 »

Quotes

Lawrence C. Trumble: By the way, ever think of going home?
Nick Cochran: I can't go home any more than you can even if I wanted to.
Lawrence C. Trumble: Why not?
Nick Cochran: Oh, a little hassle over a redhead, somebody fired a shot, turned out to be me.
Lawrence C. Trumble: Other guy get killed?
Nick Cochran: No, but I got all the way to China before I found that out. Then I just, kept on going...
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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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One for My Baby
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jane Russell
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"You remind me of a girl nicknamed The Sphynx." ... "Are you partial to girls made out of stone?"
27 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Cheeky, compact crime-drama in an exotic locale off the southern coast of China. Former Army Lieutenant Robert Mitchum, on the run from the law, winds up in the gambling and jewel-smuggling town of Macao without his wallet--seems pack-up-and-go lounge singer Jane Russell has fleeced him on the boat coming over from Hong Kong! Luckily, Mitchum becomes friendly with 'salesman' William Bendix, who is actually working to bring in the crime boss responsible for the death of an international police officer. Very tight and entertaining piece doesn't waste any time getting started. Some of the sloppy editing in the early stages fails to shape the scenes, but director Josef von Sternberg makes up for this with quick pacing and colorful asides. As for Russell, she's a stitch either working some very sarcastic dialogue or warbling seductive tunes down at the local gambling house. Gloria Grahame, as the boss's girl, wants Jane outta town fast--and it's easy to see why! *** from ****


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