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Soldier of Fortune (1955)

 -  Adventure | Crime | Drama  -  27 May 1955 (USA)
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In the 1950s, a US journalist is imprisoned in Communist China as a suspected spy. His wife arrives in Honk Kong determined to find him.



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Complete credited cast:
Hank Lee
Mrs. Jane Hoyt
Inspector Merryweather
Louis Hoyt
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Rene Dupont Chevalier (as Alex D'Arcy)
Tom Tully ...
Anna Sten ...
Madame Dupree
Russell Collins ...
Leo Gordon ...
Big Matt
Richard Loo ...
General Po Lin
Soo Yong ...
Dak Lai
Frank Tang ...
Capt. Ying Fai (Chicago)
Austin Stoker
Mel Welles ...
Fernand Rocha


In the 1950s, a US journalist is imprisoned in Communist China as a suspected spy. His wife arrives in Honk Kong determined to find him.

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27 May 1955 (USA)  »

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(optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)| (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)


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2.55 : 1
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Clark Gable felt that he was too old for the part but wanted to make the film because it reflected his own right-wing, anti-communist views. See more »


While looking through the binoculars at the Chinese gunship, Hank is holding them upside down. See more »


Remade as Hong Kong (1960) See more »


Forever and Ever
Music by Franz Winkler
Lyrics by Malia Rosa
Played on piano and sung by customers in Tweedie's Bar
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Cold War Epic
12 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Soldier of Fortune marked Clark Gable's first film away from MGM after his contract was not renewed. 20th Century Fox did right by him, gave him a film to shoot on location in Hong Kong and an actress who was at the height of her career as a new leading lady in Susan Hayward.

This was the second big epic film they shot in Hong Kong that year, the other being Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. Unlike the William Holden- Jennifer Jones epic, Soldier of Fortune leans more to adventure and intrigue than romance.

Hayward's husband Gene Barry is a prisoner of the Chinese government, apparently having taken some pictures he shouldn't have as a freelance photo journalist. Hayward's in Hong Kong to try and affect a rescue and she comes up against some unscrupulous types including Gable. Gable's more interested in her, but helping the husband's rescue is a package deal.

I would have hoped that with the one and only teaming of Gable and Hayward a better story could have been found. Soldier of Fortune isn't a bad film, hardly the worst thing either of them did, but in essence it's really a souped up Grade B adventure saga. The class of the players make it seem more than it is. Plus the fact it was done on location as opposed to the backlot of 20th Century Fox.

Soldier of Fortune has a good cast of character actors. Look for some good performances by Michael Rennie as the British inspector, Alexander D'Arcy as a conniving French rogue and Tom Tully as a slimy influence peddler.

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