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In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down Communists.

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Jim McLain
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Nancy Vallon
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Mal Baxter
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Sturak
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Madge
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Robert Henried
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Poke
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Dr. Gelster
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Olaf
Robert Keys ...
Edwin White
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Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
Soo Yong ...
Mrs. Namaka (as Madame Soo Yong)
Dan Liu ...
Dan Liu - Honolulu Chief of Police (as Honolulu Chief Of Police Dan Liu)
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Mr. Lexiter
Vernon 'Red' McQueen ...
Phil Briggs (as Red McQueen)
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Mrs. Lexiter (as Sara Padden)
Kinko 'Lucky' Simunovich ...
Muscle Man
Kinai Ikuma ...
Reverend Ito (as Bishop Kinai Ikuma)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Reporter (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Baptiste ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Dr. Carter (uncredited)
Rennie Brooks ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Robert Fellows ...
Soldier Boarding Ship (uncredited)
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Chauncey (uncredited) (voice)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lloyd Ford ...
Bouncer (uncredited)
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J.E. Lowry - McLain's Supervisor (uncredited)
Akira Fukunaga ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ...
J.J. Donahue - Soldier Boarding Ship (uncredited)
Ralph Honda ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul King ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edwin Layton ...
Edwin Layton (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Leo C. Richmond ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joel Trapido ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Communist Truck Driver (uncredited)
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Mr. Whalen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Ludwig

Written by

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Stephen Vincent Benet ... (quotes from "The Devil And Dan'l Webster")
 
James Edward Grant ... (written by) &
Richard English ... (written by) &
Eric Taylor ... (written by)
 
Richard English ... (short story) (uncredited)
 
James Atlee Phillips ... () (uncredited)
 
William Wheeler ... (story) (uncredited)

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Robert Fellows ... producer
John Wayne ... producer (uncredited)

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Paul Dunlap
Arthur Lange
Emil Newman
Hugo Friedhofer ... (uncredited)
Robert Wiley Miller ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Archie Stout ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray

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Alfred Ybarra ... (as Al Ybarra)

Set Decoration by

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Charles S. Thompson ... (as Charles Thompson)

Makeup Department

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Web Overlander ... makeup artist
Fae M. Smith ... hair stylist (as Fae Smith)

Production Management

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Nate H. Edwards ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andrew V. McLaglen ... assistant director (as Andrew McLaglen)

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T.A. Carman ... sound (as Tom Carman)
Tani Marsh ... foley artist (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Neva Bourne ... wardrobe (as Geneva Bourne)

Music Department

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William Lava ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Emil Newman ... musical director (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Al Murphy ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter attempt to break up a ring of Communist Party troublemakers in Hawaii (ignoring somewhat, as do their superiors in the Congress, that membership in the Communist Party was, at the time, legal in the U.S.) Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines He's a Go-Get-'Em Guy for the U.S.A. on a Treason Trail that leads Half-a-World Away! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Marihuana (Germany)
  • El gran Jim McLain (Spain)
  • Uma Aventura Perigosa (Brazil)
  • Marijuana (La droga infernale) (Italy)
  • Marihuana (West Germany)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $826,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Nancy Olson hated the script, but figured six weeks in Hawaii and a chance to work with an icon like John Wayne seemed like a good enough reason to accept. Besides, she thought the film would flop and nobody would see it. She was right, to a degree--it wasn't one of Wayne's more successful pictures--but she didn't count on the constant television exposure it has had, and says people stop her all the time to say they've seen her in the film. Olson, a staunch liberal Democrat, said she and Wayne would often have political arguments, but she would always let him have the last word. See more »
Goofs When Jim returns one morning from looking for Baxter's murderer, he finds Nancy asleep. The amount of the rug covering Nancy changes between when he kisses her and when she wakes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Isle of Kuualoha See more »
Crazy Credits Closing credits epilogue: The Incidents in this motion picture are based on the files of the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Congress of the United States. Names and places have been changed. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of this Committee. See more »
Quotes Jim McLain: Lot of wonderful things written into our constitution that were meant for honest decent citizens. I resent the fact that it can be used and abused by the very people who want to destroy it.
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