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China Venture (1953)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  7 September 1953 (USA)
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An American patrol was sent during World War II to the south of China which was occupied by Japanese troops with the order to rescue a prisoner of the Chinese guerilla.

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Capt. Matt Reardon
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Lt. Ellen Wilkins
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Sgt. Hank Janowicz
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Richard Loo ...
Chang Sung
Dayton Lummis ...
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Wu King
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Alvy Moore ...
Carlson
Wong Artarne ...
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An American patrol was sent during World War II to the south of China which was occupied by Japanese troops with the order to rescue a prisoner of the Chinese guerilla. Written by Volker Boehm

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Washington refuses to confirm these facts but they can't deny them!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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7 September 1953 (USA)  »

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China Bound  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was director Don Siegel's first film for Columbia Pictures, and all his friends warned him about Columbia's notoriously tough head, Harry Cohn. Siegel, however, found Cohn surprisingly easy to work with. "He was a pussycat compared to [Jack L. Warner]," Siegel later said. See more »

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Don Siegel's War
10 September 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Don Siegel directs this movie about a behind-the-lines operation in World War Two China competently but not particularly interestingly, with a air of post-war anomie. An excellent cast, including an improbably present Jocelyn Brando ("Just treat me like a man") is directed for speed. Edmond O'Brien's emoting is so subtle as to be monotonous -- apparently everyone is supposed to be utterly war-weary and only surviving through sheer competence.

This sort of movie was popular in this time, with entries like EIGHT IRON MEN and a couple of movies from Sam Fuller, but Siegel can't seem to do much of interest with it.

Cinematographer Sam Leavitt tries to shoot things interestingly, with tight compositions and a highly mobile camera -- notice the long single take that leads off the flick. The net result is a competent but uninspiring movie that would play as the second movie in a double bill.


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