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Destination Gobi (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 1953 (UK)
In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.

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Cast

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CPO Samuel T. McHale
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Jenkins
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Walter Landers (as Casey Adams)
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Kengtu
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Wilbur 'Coney' Cohen
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Elwood Halsey
Ross Bagdasarian ...
Paul Sabatello
Judy Dan ...
Nura-Salu (as Judy Dann)
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Tomec
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Lt. Cmdr. Hobart Wyatt
Leonard Strong ...
Wali-Akhun
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Storyline

A group of US Navy weathermen taking measurements in the Gobi desert in World War II are forced to seek the help of Mongol nomads to regain their ship while under attack from the Japanese air force. The Mongols are rewarded by an airlift of the finest saddles. Written by Peter Fawcett <pdfawcet@brad.ac.uk>

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ADVENTURE AS FIERY AND FURIOUS AS THE FLAMING SANDS OF CHINA'S GOBI DESERT! (original ad - all caps)

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Adventure | Drama | War

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1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gobi Outpost  »

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Budget:

$1,340,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Willis Bouchey was originally signed to play "Capt. Briggs," but he appeared as "Capt. Gates". See more »

Goofs

The previous continuity item is not correct. Richard Widmark enters a room through a door labeled "S.A.C.O." and closes the door. Then another officer walks over to a second door labeled "Commanding Officer" and closes it. There are two doors on the set. See more »

Quotes

Paul Sabatello: I don't get it. What I don't get, I don't like.
Jenkins: Looks like you ain't been getting much lately.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the Navy records in Washington, there is an obscure entry reading "Saddles for Gobi."

This film is based on the story behind that entry--one of the strangest stories of World War II. See more »

Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Unusual Story for WW2
15 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on television years ago. Thankfully it was filmed in color, which only serves to enhance the appearance of the Mongol culture depicted in the film. Richard Widmark is always fun to watch and watching the two opposite cultures Mongol and Navy try to deal with each other was interesting. The story was unusual although mostly factual and would like to see it again, even purchase it. It manages to keep your attention mostly without explosions and chaos typical of a wartime environment. Good movie!


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