Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?
Josef von Sternberg,
Nick Ferraro, deported crime boss, needs to re-enter the USA. His plan involves "honest" gambler Dan Milner, who's subjected to a series of "misfortunes," then bribed to take a trip to Mexico. En route, Dan meets chanteuse Lenore Brent, truly his kind of woman. But on arrival at posh Morros Lodge in Baja California, Dan finds the ostensibly rich, carefree guests all playing roles...except, possibly, ham actor Mark Cardigan. What does Ferraro want with him? Can he trust anyone?Written by
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Nick Ferraro's yacht was built entirely on RKO's Stage 22 - at the time the largest sound stage in the world. Initially, only a bridge set was called for, but studio owner Howard Hughes wanted more fighting scenes and more of everything in the finale, so an entire ship set was built to satisfy his wishes. See more »
When Thompson's two henchman are trying to outflank Cardigan, the grey haired henchman, who is wearing light coloured trousers, runs from the left of the shot and passes behind a rock. However, the man who emerges from behind the rock, and is immediately shot by Cardigan, has dark hair and is wearing dark trousers. See more »
Are you in the oil business, or are you just spending your alimony all at once?
I'm what you'd call a spoiled child of the rich.
Well, how do you do? I'm what you'd call a spoiled child of the poor.
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A broke California gambler is paid thousands to travel to a resort in Mexico and meet someone who'll instruct him on what comes next. The plot is initially quite muddled and does not become clear until about halfway through. It starts as a film noir, turns into a romantic comedy, and finishes with furious action. Russell is a sultry presence and she and Mitchum have good chemistry. However, Price steals the film in a hilarious turn as a hammy Hollywood actor. The action scenes are not convincing. The bad guys take forever to aim their guns, allowing Mitchum and Price adequate time to react. There is also a ridiculously protracted scene where bad guys try to stick a needle into Mitchum.
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