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Calcutta (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 August 1947 (Mexico)
Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

Seton I. Miller (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Neale Gordon
Gail Russell ... Virginia Moore
William Bendix ... Pedro Blake
June Duprez ... Marina Tanev
Lowell Gilmore ... Eric Lasser
Edith King Edith King ... Mrs. Smith
Paul Singh Paul Singh ... Mul Raj Malik
Gavin Muir ... Inspector Kendricks
John Whitney John Whitney ... Bill Cunningham
Benson Fong ... Young Chinese Clerk
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Storyline

Neale Gordon and Pedro Lake, commercial pilots who fly the hump between Chungking and Calcutta learn, when they reach Calcutta, that their pal, Bill Cunningham, has been murdered. Neales investigation leads him to the Chalgani Club, run by Eric Lasser. Marina Tanov, the club's Russian singer, in love with Neale, tells him that Bill was engaged to an American girl, Virginia Moore. Neale seeks out Virginia, who admits that Bill gave her the $10,000 necklace she is wearing. Knowing that Bill never had that kind of money, Neale checks up. He learns that Bill had actually bought and paid for it. Neale and Virginia are having a drink at the bar when Pedro shows Neale a valuable star-sapphire which he found in the hangar. The pilots then realize they have stumbled onto a smuggling racket. Neale is convinced that Virginia is not involved. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LADD!!! DEEP IN MURDER in the mysterious orient,,,DEEPER IN LOVE with two exotic women! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Calcutta See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 9, 1950 with Alan Ladd and Gail Russell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Neale takes Virginia Moore out for drinks, he orders two gin slings with ice. When the waiter brings their drinks, he announces, "Brandy and soda." See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Madness
(uncredited)
Written by Bernie Wayne and Ben Raleigh
Sung by June Duprez
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Too much dialogue; not enough action by anyone.
26 October 2015 | by rljsmlchSee all my reviews

Gail Russell too soft, lovely and vulnerable to be the bad girl in this somewhat boring film. Too much dialogue and not enough action. June Duprez underused. Do not get the feeling of being in India. Really just another detective story. Almost no more than one flying sequence. Ladd plays it cool and indifferent with Chinese shop keepers. Ladd in all his sartorial splendor. Ladd a good looking guy when young. Light colored suits worn by Ladd and others give testimony to lack of air conditioning in those days. This is best reference to a very hot Calcutta climate. Man whose murder Ladd is trying to solve is only seen in one or two sequences at beginning of film. Very easy to forget what he looks like for such a good buddy of Ladd and Bendix.


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