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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

[Walter flirts successfully with a Mongolian woman]
Jenkins: Well, looks like you made a hit, Walter my boy. Tell me, how do you do it?
Walter Landers: My training as a meterorologist. I can take one look at a girl and tell weather.
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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 »

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Entertaining movie
13 December 2013 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw Destination Gobi in 1953. I looked for a copy of the movie for years until I was able to get it on DVD. I have watched this movie several times since, and enjoy each viewing.

I differ from some of the more critical reviews. Too often the reviews come off as the "want-to- be movie critics", who seem to nitpick this and that. They fail to recognize that some movies are meant for just entertainment. Destination Gobi falls into this category. It wasn't meant to become Movie of the Year, nor to compete with Gone With the Wind.

I have most of the war movies made in my DVD library. World War II created many Hollywood opportunities in creating movies, along with governmental approval to boost patriotism. And, Hollywood produced many, some great, others poor. Movie goers liked some, disliked others. It's just a matter of one's own personal view of what they're looking for in a film. If it's for their desire to have an opportunity to become a pseudo-movie critic, then so be it. I watch movies for entertainment


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