A shipping magnate hatches a plan for testing the worth of his heirs, none of whom he has ever seen. He summons them all to China, and lays psychological and physical snares in the part of ...
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Mild mannered Vern runs a pet store that seems to gather more pets than he sells. One day he receives a telephone call from John 'old fishface' Thomas in Australia. He wants to leave a ... See full summary »
A shipping magnate hatches a plan for testing the worth of his heirs, none of whom he has ever seen. He summons them all to China, and lays psychological and physical snares in the part of each. Finding none of them worthy, he dismisses them all but does promise financial backing for an airline to Jack Clark (Kent Taylor.)Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This now forgotten production line support had many of the qualities that once made the standard Hollwood entertainment compelling. I remember this from my early viewing, among a parade of often more ambitious product.
It has the strip cartoon - serial imagery and subject matter that TV would imitate but never manage to mass produce in this manner. Kent Taylor in his bomber jacket is very "Terry and the Pirates" and the plot with secret identities, hidden rooms, exotic locations and the threat of hideous tortures administered by fiendish orientals offered all the matinée delights a youthful viewer would look for.
Seen again now it is simple minded but it's self confidence bolstered by major studio production values - even if they are jammed into a small budget - does engage. And it's acquired added nostalgia value.
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