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Destination Gobi (1953)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  1953 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
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CPO Samuel T. McHale
Don Taylor ...
Jenkins
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Walter Landers (as Casey Adams)
Murvyn Vye ...
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)
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Tomec
Russell Collins ...
Lt. Cmdr. Hobart Wyatt
Leonard Strong ...
Wali-Akhun
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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A January 20, 1952 Los Angeles Times article speculated that Richard Basehart, William Lundigan, David Wayne and Gary Merrill were going to be cast in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the very beginning of the film, Richard Widmark enters a Navy office to learn a new assignment. He enters the room and closed the door, latching it. Then one of the other two officers in the room walks over to the door and closed the door again, latching it. 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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The poor Mongols
14 October 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The UKs Channel 4 TV is showing a series of WW2 action films. They vary in quality, but this is the worst so far. The acting is wooden, the film is clichéd, the screenplay is lazy and the Mongolian culture is so insulted by Hollywood's 1950s image of indigenous peoples. Look at the wonderful family film 'The Cave of the Yellow Dog' to see the Mongols as they wish to be viewed. Find some wonderful films starring Richard Widmark (How the West was Won, Judgement at Nuremberg or The Alamo for example) rather than this rubbish. Whilst Everett Freeman was a prolific Hollywood writer, this was Edmond G. Love's only film. I am not surprised to see a long list of uncredited actors. Robert Wise was such an accomplished director, he must have been very inexperienced to do this work. He went on to direct classics like West Side Story, the Sound of Music and even Star Trek. This should be allowed to slip away uncredited to protect his good name.I cannot give more than 1 out of 10.


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