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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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Plot Keywords:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The PT Boat attack on the cruiser was lifted from the film They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

Goofs

One scene features wild chimpanzees. Chimps are natives of Africa, not Malaya. See more »

Quotes

The Dutchman: [to his pet cockatoo] One day in your seed will be cyanide, and you'll stop laughing for the rest of time.
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TERRIFIC MOVIE - CLOSE TO A CLASSIC
15 May 2004 | by bowiebksSee all my reviews

Just by chance I was home to catch this terrific movie when it was shown a few days ago on cable TV...what a happy surprise! Both Stewart and Tracy play "good-bad guys" whose inner morality and patriotism rises to the top when the going gets tough. The supporting cast is full of top talent, including super performances from John Hodiak, Sidney Greenstreet, and Lionel Barrymore. Richard Loo and Gilbert Roland both play brilliantly to their "type" and are fine as well, and Roland Winters (usually in pompous comic roles) is very effective as a German rubber plantation owner who should not be trusted! Look for the always-welcome Russel Hicks in the scene on the train, and savor the sound of his elegant voice.

In addition, the script by Frank Fenton is way above average, with very droll and off-hand wit in evidence throughout.

All in all, a first-rate movie which deserves to be much better known!


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