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Saigon (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 March 1948 (USA)
After WW2, two army buddies, one of them terminally-ill, embark on a series of adventures in South-East Asia and run across a dangerous criminal and his pretty secretary.

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Leslie Fenton

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screenplay), Arthur Sheekman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Maj. Larry Briggs
Veronica Lake ... Susan Cleaver
Douglas Dick ... Capt. Mike Perry
Wally Cassell ... Sgt. Pete Rocco
Luther Adler ... Lt. Keon
Morris Carnovsky ... Alex Maris
Mikhail Rasumny ... Hotel Clerk
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Simon
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Boat Captain
Griff Barnett ... Surgeon
Betty Bryant Betty Bryant ... Cafe Singer
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Storyline

After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to finance a good time for his buddy. As the plane takes off he shoves Maris' secretary Susan on board. When Mike falls for her, Larry tells her to play along for Mike's sake. She, of course, falls for Larry. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Paris of the Orient!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schmuggler von Saigon See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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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. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Monday 6 April 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), and it immediately became a popular local favorite as it first aired in Asheville 13 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Milwaukee 30 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Phoenix 27 May 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Omaha 7 June 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in St. Louis 24 October 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Detroit 29 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in both Chicago and Seattle 10 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) and KIRO (Channel 7), and, finally, in New York City 16 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Entertaining Adventure
12 April 2012 | by juanandrichardSee all my reviews

I found this movie entertaining, but I think it is a mistake to compare it to "Calcutta," since they are very different in many ways. The only similarity is that they both take place in the orient. "Calcutta" is essentially-- aside from the adventure trappings -- a "whodunnit" with a surprise twist at the end, similar to both "Dead Reckoning" and "The Maltese Falcon". "Saigon," which I enjoyed for what it is, is a much less involving movie because, for one thing, there is really not that much suspense. However, the Ladd/Lake combo is always interesting to watch and the supporting actors -- in particular, Morris Carnovsky and Luis van Rooten -- I found fascinating. Whereas Paramount gave "Calcutta" a much more expensive mounting (which paid off because it actually took in more at the box office than even "The Blue Dahlia), I felt they really reduced the budget on this movie -- the hotel sets at the end being the only really expensive looking ones. recommended for Ladd/Lake fans.


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