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The Scavengers (1959)

 -  Adventure | Crime | Drama  -  October 1959 (USA)
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This low-budget Asian-set adventure concerns The reformed smuggler Stuart Allison finds his missing wife Marion in Hong Kong. Marion has fallen in with a bad crowd and is involved with ... See full summary »

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Stuart Allison
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Richard Loo
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Eddie Infante
Mario Barri ...
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Bruno Punzalan
Renato Robles
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This low-budget Asian-set adventure concerns The reformed smuggler Stuart Allison finds his missing wife Marion in Hong Kong. Marion has fallen in with a bad crowd and is involved with narcotics and stolen government bonds, requiring Stuart to extricate her from her woes. Written by Robert

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A Cheap, Poorly Crafted Movie
4 October 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

John Cromwell has given us some fine movies, as director. "The Scavengers", a noir crime drama set mostly in Hong Kong, is not one of them. An idealistic American, played by Vince Edwards, tries to track down a mysterious woman; thugs intervene. Despite a convoluted plot, the story seems underdeveloped, given the film's runtime of just 79 minutes. I couldn't get interested in any of the one-note characters. Dialogue is flat.

But the problem goes deeper than the script. B&W lighting is not well crafted. Sound effects are uneven. And the background music is so nondescript and generic it could be applied even to a Western. Acting is undistinguished. I like Vince Edwards, but in this film his facial expression hardly ever changes.

To its credit, the film's Hong Kong locations are realistic, the only element that seems credible.

You get the feeling that they wanted to emulate some well-known crime drama film, but didn't have the money or the time. "The Scavengers" looks cheap and rushed. Further, I'm not sure that the director or any of the principal cast and crew really had their hearts in the project. It comes across as a quickie, paint-by-numbers film.


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