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Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 27 May 1955 (USA)
When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Honk Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

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Hank Lee
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Mrs. Jane Hoyt
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Inspector Merryweather
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Louis Hoyt
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Rene Dupont Chevalier (as Alex D'Arcy)
Tom Tully ...
Tweedie
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Madame Dupree
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Icky
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Big Matt
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General Po Lin
Soo Yong ...
Dak Lai
Frank Tang ...
Capt. Ying Fai (Chicago)
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Austin Stoker
Mel Welles ...
Fernand Rocha
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During the 1950s an American journalist disappears in China. His wife, Jane Hoyt, arrives in Honk Kong, determined to find him. There are rumors that Louis Hoyt might be held by the Communist Chinese as spy. Jane Hoyt asks shady shipping magnate Hank Lee for his help but Hank tries to dissuade her from venturing into Red China. Desperate, Jane asks another local, Fernand Rocha, for his help and pays him money. When dishonest and sleazy charlatan Rocha spends her money and forcibly confines her Hank Lee finally takes pity on her and decides to go searching for her husband himself. Illegally entering Red China Hank finds plenty of trouble. Written by nufs68

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27 May 1955 (USA)  »

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O Aventureiro de Hong Kong  »

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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~10.1 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.6 seconds. See more »

Goofs

The Communist Chinese "gunboat" in the chase sequence was shown firing a Royal Navy pattern 6-pdr (Hotchkiss 57mm). However, close-ups of the gun crew showed what appeared to be a U.S. Navy pattern 3-in 23 caliber "boat gun" (same type used on the U.S. gunboat in the later "Sand Pebbles"). See more »

Connections

Remade as Hong Kong (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Fence Me In
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter and Robert H. Fletcher
Played on piano and sung by customers in Tweedie's Bar
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A Man's Man; A Woman's Woman
3 September 2006 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

One of the classics made in the 1950's, when Hollywood took you to exotic places with wonderful romances and great adventures. This movie is possibly Ernest K. Gann's best. Only competition is his High and the Mighty, but personally I have always admired Hank Lee and been in love with Jane Hoyt. Bigger than life characters, among a superb cast of wonderfully colorful characters. On her first viewing, my wife commented that there were parallels with Casablanca. My immediate response is that Hank Lee is no Rick Blaine. Hank is something else. A sensitive hero, but a go-getter, rather than a tortured soul. Despite the new skyline, this movie reminds you of the Chinese side of Hong Kong. The ride up the tram to Victoria Peak becomes something extra special after watching this movie. Pop up some corn, sit back, and escape into a world of great adventure.


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