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Singapore (1947)

After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to retrieve his hidden stash of pearls and finds his lost fiancee who now has amnesia.


John Brahm


Seton I. Miller (story), Seton I. Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Matt Gordon
Ava Gardner ... Linda Grahame / Ann Van Leyden
Roland Culver ... Michael Van Leyden
Richard Haydn ... Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Bellows
Thomas Gomez ... Mr. Mauribus
Porter Hall ... Mr. Gerald Bellows
George Lloyd George Lloyd ... Sascha Barda
Maylia ... Ming Ling
Holmes Herbert ... Rev. Thomas Barnes
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Edith Barnes
Frederick Worlock ... Cadum
Lal Chand Mehra ... Mr. Hussein
Curt Conway ... Pepe


After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance during the Japanese attack. But now Linda resurfaces...with amnesia and married to rich planter Van Leyden. Meanwhile, sinister fence Mauribus schemes to get Matt's pearls. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 3, 1947 with Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner reprising their film roles See more »


Linda: So let me ruin you fast.
Matt Gordon: How many have you ruined?
Linda: You're my last victim, darling.
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Remade as Istanbul (1957) See more »


Music by Nacio Herb Brown (uncredited)
Used throughout the movie as a leitmotif for Linda Grahame
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If anything deserve ed a 6.5 this is it
17 June 2011 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is a fairly decent yarn about a fortune hunting American in the days when Americans weren't considered ugly.

It has the elements of film noir and mystery, though not really a lot of mystery. It is the story of a man returning to Singapore from America to find illegal valuables he hid.

Many of the characters are a bit cliché, but it is an entertaining film, so it rates fairly high. The main nitpick that brings it down to a 6 is the ending, which is dragged out for a Hollywood cliché. The movie should have ended about nine minutes before it did. The way it ended was not only unrealistic and Hollywood, but just completely anticlimactic.

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Release Date:

14 November 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Singapore See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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