The theft of a jeweled treasure is within an adventurer's grasp; he is restrained by his love for a good woman. Now he must help her and the kid he was hired to rob escape as the Chinese Civil War nears Hong Kong.
Roguish, Indiana Jones-like, fedora and leather jacket-wearing American adventurer and black marketeer Jeff Williams is hired to steal a priceless, jewel-encrusted, gold statue of Buddha, the only possession of a small, recently orphaned, Chinese boy called Wei Lin, who arrived in Honk Kong with a group of refugees escaping the Chinese civil war that Mao's Communists are winning. Jeff cold-heartedly does his job only to end up being stuck with the kid, who sees him as a surrogate father and refuses to let go of him. When Jeff meets a pretty school teacher and daughter of a missionary, Julie McQuade, his tough shell begins to break as he grows fond of both her and the kid and realizes he must help them escape the city while there's still time. However, his non-sentimental employees double cross him and Jeff must use all his skills and wits to survive this adventure.
I like this one. Ronald Reagan, who helped tear down the Berlin wall in real life, battles communism in Asia with this film, although the viewer might not realize that's part of what this film is about. It isn't full of rhetoric, but instead is full of drama. Mostly the film is about an orphaned Chinese boy in the care of an American, Jeff Williams (Reagan). Williams struggles with greed versus human compassion. It is a good human drama with some romance also between the Reagan character and the lovely Victoria Evans played by Rhonda Fleming who did a wonderful job. There is some action in the movie to boot. The little orphan in the movie is adorable for lack of a more macho word from a manly man such as myself. LOL.
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