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Macao (1952)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 28 May 1952 (Italy)
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?

Directors:

Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray (uncredited)

Writers:

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Stanley Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Nick Cochran
Jane Russell ... Julie Benson
William Bendix ... Lawrence C. Trumble
Thomas Gomez ... Police Lt. Sebastian
Gloria Grahame ... Margie
Brad Dexter ... Vincent Halloran
Edward Ashley ... Martin Stewart
Philip Ahn ... Itzumi
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Kwan Sum Tang
Don Zelaya ... Gimpy - Piano Player
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Storyline

A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard ship on the 45-mile trip from Hong Kong to Macao. The singer is quickly hired by an American expatriate who runs the biggest casino in Macao and has a thriving business in converting hot jewels into cash. Her new boss thinks one of her traveling companions is a cop. One is -- but not the one the boss suspects. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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DANGEROUS PARADISE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

28 May 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Макао See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Russel confesses in her autobiography that, during the shooting of Macao, the director Josef Von Sternberg told eating was forbidden on the set for the crew. But that did not prevent Bob Mitchum to bring a basket of food every day for the whole technicians and actors. See more »

Goofs

The photographer hands the developed photos to the police within 5 minutes of taking them. There was no technology like that in 1950. See more »

Quotes

Nick Cochran: Ah, the lady of the loaded dice.
Margie: You're up early for a loser.
Nick Cochran: Can't make a dishonest dollar lying in bed.
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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

One for My Baby
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jane Russell
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Mitchum and Russell salvage drab Von Sternberg
9 August 2007 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Bob Mitchum and Jane Russell make for a rugged romantic duo in this crime film set in the Far East, directed by Josef Von Sternberg. In this rather light, watered down noir Russell, as a streetwise nightclub singer matches Mitchum with world weary put down after put down.

Director Von Sternberg, whose visual style of the 30's was the envy of Hollywood but had fallen on tough times and was nearing the end of his career, occasionally captures the magic that displayed Marlene Dietrich with such allure and mystery in films like Shanghai Express and Morrocco. The problem is that Dietrich and Russell are different animals. Russell has never looked more glamorous but she doesn't move like Dietrich and her singing scenes make her look a bit like Gilda on steroids. Still, there is a chemistry between her and Mitchum that keeps the film entertaining. The supporting cast offers a comically hammy turn by William Bendix and a somewhat strange, semi-comatose performance by Gloria Grahame.

Von Sternberg borrows heavily from his last good film, The Shanghai Gesture in many scenes, but Macao's main strength rests squarely on the broad shoulders of its two stars.


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