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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.

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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 (106) »


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24 April 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Operation Malaya  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Sydney Greenstreet's final film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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John Royer: You have to remember, this guy's a German.
Carnaghan: Yeah, but he's a greedy man, and greed has a nationality all its own.
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A great blend of 40's patriotism and film noir
19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Someone had the wits to make a 1940's patriotic war movie in the style of film noir. Is it hokey? Of course it is!! But when it's done like this, you have a sense of watching a war film at its best. Part of it is a literate script that goes far beyond the usual patriotic hoo-ha and gives a sense of real urgency to the war in Asia. Part of it is some totally professional acting by Stewart, Tracy, Greenstreet and, not least, John Hodiak in the role of an FBI agent. If you're bored, as I am, by the John Wayne, flag-waving nonsense that proliferated during the war, try this on. It manages to be improbable and believable at the same time.


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