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Writers:
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
30 April 1952 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A sultry chanteuse, a hunk on the lam and a fortune in stolen gems. See more »
Plot:
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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Nick Cochran

Jane Russell ... Julie Benson

William Bendix ... Lawrence C. Trumble

Thomas Gomez ... Police Lt. Sebastian

Gloria Grahame ... Margie

Brad Dexter ... Vincent Halloran
Edward Ashley ... Martin Stewart
Philip Ahn ... Itzumi
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Kwan Sum Tang
Don Zelaya ... Gimpy - Piano Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Arabian (uncredited)
Rico Alaniz ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Alvaris (uncredited)
Genevieve Bell ... Woman Passenger (uncredited)
Truman Bradley ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
George Chan ... Chinese Photographer (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Hood (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Old Fisherman (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Det. Lt. Daniel Lombardy (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Portuguese Pilot (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Merchant (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ... Sampan Pilot (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Garcia (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Phil Harron ... Sikh (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Dutch Tourist (uncredited)
Harold J. Kennedy ... Drunken Lecherous Salesman (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ... Chinese Victim (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Hood (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Chang (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Bartender (uncredited)
Walter Ng ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Bartender (uncredited)
Alfredo Santos ... Hood (uncredited)
May Takasugi ... The Barber (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Customs Official (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Russian Doorman (uncredited)
Iris Wong ... Croupier (uncredited)
William Yip ... Rickshaw Driver (uncredited)
Maria Sen Young ... Croupier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Nicholas Ray (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) and
Stanley Rubin (screenplay)

Robert Creighton Williams (story) (as Bob Williams)

George Bricker  uncredited
Edward Chodorov  uncredited
Norman Katkov  uncredited
Frank L. Moss  uncredited
Walter Newman  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... executive producer
Alex Gottlieb .... producer
Howard Hughes .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Anthony Collins 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Robert Golden 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jerry Wald .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Richard Davol .... second unit director (uncredited)
William Dorfman .... assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Keye Luke .... painter: murals (uncredited)
Edward Vorkapich .... sketch artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Hugh Martin .... vocal arranger
 
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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #14783) | West Germany:12 (cut version: 77') | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Producer Howard Hughes fired director Josef von Sternberg about a third of the way through and shot the rest with Nicholas Ray. However, in the Spring 1972 edition of "Focus on Film: screenwriter Walter Newman said he and Nicholas Ray were asked by RKO production boss Jerry Wald to write and direct three scenes that "tied the story together a bit." Newman sad he did a love scene in a Chinese junk with Mitchum and Russell.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Whenever Julie Benson (Jane Russell) sings in the gambling den, The piano and bass guitar accompaniment don't match the sound of the full orchestra backing her up.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Sebastian:[referring to Julie Benson] Besides her obvious talents, she also sings.See more »
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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Half a wow for Macao, 27 June 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

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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