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Singapore (1947)

After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to recuperate his hidden stash of pearls and to search for his sweetheart who disappeared during a Japanese attack in 1942.

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John Brahm

Writers:

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

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 Lal Chand Mehra ... Mr. Hussein
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Pepe
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Storyline

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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Adventure and Romance in the City of Intrigue! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Singapur See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Quotes

Matt Gordon: You know, Hewitt, I'm sorry I'm leaving so soon. I'm just beginning to like you.
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Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

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Ava climbing up the ladder of stardom
31 July 2016 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Fred's back from the service looking to retrieve the pearls he was smuggling before Singapore was invaded and is haunted by the memory of what he thinks is his lost love Ava. One day she reappears but she doesn't remember him. What's the answer to the mystery?

Studio bound adventure is entertaining enough but serves more as a study in star building.

This was Ava Gardner's last film before she moved into the top tier of MGM stars with her next film, One Touch of Venus. Having scored heavily in two supporting roles for her home studio, The Killers & The Hucksters, they loaned her to Universal for the female lead in this alongside the established Fred MacMurray to test her lead appeal with minimal risk. She seems a bit cautious at times but radiates star quality every second she's on screen.

Considering the magnitude of the stars in the leads this is curiously obscure but if you enjoyed Gilda or similar fare it's worth the time.


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