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Destination Gobi -- 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.
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Release Date:
1953 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Widmark ... CPO Samuel T. McHale
Don Taylor ... Jenkins

Max Showalter ... Walter Landers (as Casey Adams)
Murvyn Vye ... Kengtu

Darryl Hickman ... Wilbur 'Coney' Cohen

Martin Milner ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Barrier ... Yin Tang (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Capt. Gates (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Admiral (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Quartermaster General (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Pilot (uncredited)

Earl Holliman ... Frank Swenson (uncredited)
Frank Iwanaga ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Commanding Officer, Japanese POW Camp (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Harris Matsushige ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Edo Mita ... Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Aide, Argus HQ (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Capt. J.E. Mayberry (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Anthony Numkena ... Son of Kengtu (uncredited)

Stuart Randall ... Capt. Briggs (uncredited)

Rush Williams ... Military Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
Everett Freeman (screenplay)

Edmund G. Love (story)

Everett Freeman  screenwriter

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Fritch 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Al Orenbach (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Harry Maret .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
A.F. Erickson .... unit manager (uncredited)
R.L. Hough .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (as J. Richard Maybery)
David Silver .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Don Torpin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Sullivan .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Nolan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Sol Babitz .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Frank Beach .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
John Clyman .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Lois Craft .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Gene Garf .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Carl Jeschke .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Glen Johnston .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Abe Most .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Eugene Ober .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
Anthony Jowitt .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Robert F. Metzler .... location department (uncredited)
Dick Rudolph .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) (2014) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16063) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Don Taylor as "Jenkins" occasionally wears a Cincinnati Reds or Cleveland Indians baseball cap. Both teams wore similar caps - navy blue with a red bill, wishbone "C," and button - during the 1940's.See more »
Factual errors: Richard Widmark claims that "Gobi Desert" means "wall of spears." Actually, "Gobi" is the Mongolian word for "desert." "Gobi Desert" is thus redundant.See more »
[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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining movie, 13 December 2013
Author: theghettodweller from Sacramento, CA

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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