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Malaya (1949)

Newspaperman Royer convinces government officials of a plan to obtain rubber by stealing it out from under the Japanese. Carnahan is let out of prison to help.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Manchester Boddy (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Carnahan
James Stewart ... John Royer
Valentina Cortese ... Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
Sydney Greenstreet ... The Dutchman
John Hodiak ... Kellar
Lionel Barrymore ... John Manchester
Gilbert Roland ... Romano
Roland Winters ... Bruno Gruber
Richard Loo ... Colonel Genichi Tomura
Ian MacDonald ... Carlos Tassuma
Tom Helmore ... Matisson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Matthews ... Matisson (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

After living abroad for several years, journalist John Royer returns to the United States just after the U.S. enters World War II. His boast that he could easily smuggle rubber, a key wartime natural resource, out of Malaya has him tasked with doing just that. He manages to get someone from his past, Carnaghan, sprung from Alactraz and together they head off to South East Asia posing as Irishmen. Once there, Carnaghan lines up some of his old cronies and with Royer and a few plantation owners plans to smuggle the rubber out from under the Japanese army's watchful eye. Written by garykmcd

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rubber | ocean | taxi | office | newspaper | See All (108) »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Malaya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,396,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,959,000, 31 December 1949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,087,000, 31 December 1949
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sydney Greenstreet's final film. See more »

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Spencer Tracy says to Luana that the Earth is moving toward the Sun at the rate of a half an inch a century. In fact, the Earth is in a stable orbit that over an astronomical time scale will in fact move away from the Sun. As the Sun loses mass fusing hydrogen into helium, the Earth's orbit will increase by a minuscule amount; approximately 150,000 kilometers over approximately the next 5 to 6 billion years. See more »

Quotes

The Dutchman: There's always been wars, this is another.
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Edited from They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

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Surprisingly good!
11 January 2013 | by xnet95See all my reviews

I'm an American ex-pat living in Malaysia, so I thought I'd watch this to see if there were any old scenes of life in Malaysia in the late 40's. Well, as I expected, there weren't, BUT the actual movie and story were really well done and interesting.

I thought the dialog in this movie was the best I have heard from this era. I watch a lot of "noir", and this dialog was more realistic with a flair that wasn't overdone. For example, the interaction between Spencer Tracy and his girl wasn't flowery or sappy, it was kind of hip and snappy without being too "40's". Also, every line out of Greenstreet's mouth was sublime.

Casting was awesome! It seemed like everybody was perfect for their role. Greenstreet was fantastic as an almost omnipotent bar owner. Tracy was rough and rugged. Stewart was convincing as a sort-of-drifter that finally finds purpose in his life. Plus, you get a cameo of Lionel Barrymore, which is worth it's weight in gold.

This is a "feel good" movie about losers and dregs of society helping to win the war. It's tough, violent, and not everybody gets out alive. And, it's patriotic without being sappy. Watch this one on the Fourth of July, and you can't go wrong!


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