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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)

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:
William Talman originally tested for the role eventually played by Brad Dexter.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:
Margie:[to Nick Cochran] You're up early for a loser.See more »
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Lighter Shade of Noir, 1 March 2005
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Nick Cochran, supposedly an American adventurer and petty criminal, arrives, short of cash and on the run from the United States where he is wanted, in Macao (at this period still a Portuguese colony). Arriving on the same boat is an attractive young woman named Julie Benson. Julie is hired by Vincent Halloran, the local gambling boss, as a singer in his casino-cum-nightclub. Halloran is also wanted in America (for offences far more serious than Cochran's), but cannot be extradited as long as he remains in Macao. Although this is a short film, there is still time enough for the plot to become very complex. A number of the characters are not what they seem. Is Cochran, for example, what he purports to be, or is he really a cop trying to lure Halloran beyond Macao's three mile limit into international waters where he can be arrested? Who is Lawrence Trumble, the mysterious salesman who also appears to have a sideline in stolen jewellery?

This is the second film which Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell made together; the previous year they had starred in "His Kind of Woman". The two films have much in common beyond the two leading actors. Both have an exotic setting and both feature gambling and a ruthless gangster. The two leads play similar types in both films, Mitchum a seedy, down-on-his-luck character, likable despite his shady past and occasionally cynical exterior, and Russell a sultry glamour girl. There is, however, an important difference between the two films. "His Kind of Woman" can be seen as a comic send-up of the crime thriller genre, starting off in the dark, menacing film noir style and then metamorphosing into a comedy action-thriller. "Macao" is the genuine article rather than a parody, being for the most part played seriously rather than for laughs, although it the atmosphere is perhaps lighter than in some other films noirs. The difference lies less in the look of the film- "Macao" has some striking black-and-white photography- than in the moral atmosphere. Films such as the Humphrey Bogart classics "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep" were notable not only for their dark, gloomy look but also for their tone of moral darkness. The private eye characters played by Bogart struggle to maintain their private integrity in a world of corruption and deceit. In "Macao" there is something closer to a traditional morality, with good triumphing over the evil of the ruthless villains. The result is perhaps something of a hybrid between authentic noir and a more traditional adventure thriller, still highly watchable even today. 6/10

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