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They Met in Bombay (1941)

A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Edwin Justus Mayer (screen play), Anita Loos (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Gerald Meldrick
Rosalind Russell ... Anya Von Duren
Peter Lorre ... Captain Chang
Jessie Ralph ... Duchess of Beltravers
Reginald Owen ... The General
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Cressney
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Hotel Manager (as Edward Ciannelli)
Luis Alberni ... Maitre d'hotel
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Carmencita
Jay Novello ... Bolo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keye Luke ... Mr. Toy (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

The best-laid plans of jewel thief Gable and lady crook Russell fall apart when the thief unintentionally becomes a hero while posing as a British officer. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Stealing jewels for profit . . . and hearts for pleasure! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uniform See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,380,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,554,000, 31 December 1941

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,515,000, 31 December 1941
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In December 1940, Lana Turner was announced as the female lead. See more »

Goofs

The Japanese soldiers shown are wearing German Stahlhelm helmets, However they are wearing them backwards, evidently the producers could not find any standard issue Japanese helmets and used the reversed German helmets. The Japanese did use this helmet to a minor degree, as they were superior to other helmets of the time, when they could get them from the beaten Chinese troops who had been issued these at the beginning of the war. See more »

Quotes

Young Lieutenant: It's suicide to expose yourself, sir.
Gerald Meldrick: It's slaughter if I don't.
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Connections

Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road to Mandalay
(uncredited)
Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Played several times as part of the score
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As Close as MGM Came to Screwball
5 June 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Gable and Rosalind Russell play a couple of jewel thieves who meet in ..... well, guess where, and keep running into each other thereafter.

It's a fairly formulaic film carried on the charms of the leads; director Clarence Brown can't overcome the MGM gloss to provide the screwball details that the first half of the film really needs, although Peter Lorre as a shady and unctuous tramp steamer captain is a lot of fun.

I have the feeling Miss Russell replaced Myrna Loy at some stage in the production and the first couple of reels show damage. Clarence Brown directs the comedy bits for everyone but the two leads, a telling indictment of his opinion of their chop. Even worse, William H. Daniel's high-lit camerawork makes Miss Russell look a trifle jowly.


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