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Outpost in Malaya (1952)

The Planter's Wife (original title)
The marriage of rubber-plantation owner Jim Frazer and his wife, Liz, which has survived many disasters, including years in a Japanese internment camp, is at a breaking point. Under ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Liz Frazer
Jim Frazer
Hugh Dobson
Ram Gopal ...
Jeremy Spenser ...
Mike Frazer
Tom Macaulay ...
Jack Bushell
Sonya Hana ...
Ah Mov
Andy Ho ...
Wan Li
Yah Ming ...
Ah Siong
Ng Cheuk Kwong ...
Ho Tang


The marriage of rubber-plantation owner Jim Frazer and his wife, Liz, which has survived many disasters, including years in a Japanese internment camp, is at a breaking point. Under constant threats of bandit attacks and concerned with the safety of his plantation and the people on it, Jim spares no time for his marriage. Liz is to take their young son, Mike, home to school in England, and, without telling Jim, does not plan to return. A neighboring plantation is attacked and the owner killed just prior to her departure. Liz and Jim get arms and ammunition from a near-by town, and a night of terror follows as the bandits attack. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

4 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Outpost in Malaya  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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There were several changes to the script regarding how the Malayan rebels were depicted, due in large part to the real world rebellion between the communist insurgents of the Malayan Races Liberation Army (MRLA) and the newly independent Malayan Union. The film's bandits were ultimately depicted in a violent and unsympathetic light, to reflect British public opinion. See more »

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A Big Investment
1 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jack Hawkins and Claudette Colbert star in Outpost In Malaya during post World War II times when the Malayans like everyone else in that part of the world wanted to shake off colonialism. What was going on in Malaya was no different than the French were facing in IndoChina. The only difference is that the British were successful and transitioned to a government that joined the Commonwealth though what its status is now I don't know.

The two are rubber plantation owners and rubber planting is a big investment and it takes many years for a rubber tree to bear enough sap to convert to the rubber than eventually provides tires. When you see the guerrillas draining the sap from the rubber they know exactly how to hurt the planters where they live.

The film is really quite dishonest because the natives are just simply bandits and that's the end of it. The political content of their discontent has been thoroughly drained from this film. Of course when you see the British army there you know it's not just bandits.

Despite the politics being drained Outpost In Malaya is an exciting adventure story as Jack and Claudette defend their home and hearth and investment not to mention their young son played by Peter Asher, later of Peter and Gordon. Young Mr. Asher has an encounter with a cobra and is saved when a mongoose intervenes.

The film is worth seeing for that alone.

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