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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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One girl is out to get him with her lips...one with a gun! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. A popular local favorite, its first documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Sunday 8 March 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), followed by Asheville 2 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by St. Louis 18 April 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), by San Francisco 2 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), by Chicago 7 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Phoenix 22 May 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Seattle 30 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Philadelphia 17 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Milwaukee 28 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Detroit 22 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Johnstown 1 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Pittsburgh 19 November 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), and by Toledo 20 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11). See more »

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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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Ladd and Russell, a great combo
14 January 2012 | by rsdaSee all my reviews

This film, which actually was one of Ladd's most financially successful films of the 40's, is a fun ride. Surprisingly, it's reputation has been one of a potboiler. It moves swiftly and has many good twists and turns. Gail Russell is wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful as the mysterious femme fatale. Alan Ladd was very well matched with Gail Russell. More so than Veronica Lake with her stony blonde beauty. The beautiful darkness of Russell and the Blonde Ladd was much more interesting. They were close friends and it shows in their two feature films together. A lot of the TV prints of this films have scenes missing that are crucial to the plot so if you can get a hold of a complete version of Calcutta you will be very lucky. A fun film from the 40's that you should try and catch up with.


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