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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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Taglines:

They try to forget their pasts in exotic, exciting Macao, port of sin and shady dealings! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

28 May 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Макао See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,530
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Company Credits

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

When Lawrence Trumble is getting himself a shave, he speaks to the Chinese salon lady in Pigeon English. She replies to him asking about baseball - either Giants or Dodgers in perfect English, shocking him. The two teams were long time rivals in the National League when they were located in New York City. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Julie Benson sings in the gambling den, The piano and bass guitar accompaniment don't match the sound of the full orchestra backing her up. See more »

Quotes

Nick Cochran: [at the Customs checkpoint shortly after docking at Macao, explaining why he has no passport] My wallet was in my pocket when I boarded that tub in Hong Kong but, uh, somebody lifted it.
Lt. Sebastian: That is most unfortunate, senor.
Nick Cochran: Well, what happens now? Do I get deported, or thrown in the klink?
Lt. Sebastian: Oh, neither, senor. This is a Portuguese colony - always friendly and hospitable. Have you any other means of identification?
Nick Cochran: Yeah. This took me, uh, 3 years, 5 months and 26 days to get.
[...]
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Soundtracks

One for My Baby
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jane Russell
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Jane...you kill me!
3 July 2004 | by mikaj-1See all my reviews

Heh! Masterpiece it ain't, but it's got Mitch and Jane and in my book that's a plenty. Josef Von Sternberg was no stranger creating mysterious dreamscapes of his own making, Shanghai Express and Morocco comes to mind first and in this movie it also shows very much. Fishing nets, artfully bobbing sampans, black cats, exotic bit parts and beautiful Chinese "high-low" gamblers in slit skirts. Ahh... mysterious east it is. Unfortunately sum is not as high as parts would suggest and so this particular film leaves you wanting. Mitchum is in his usual mysterious tough guy mode and like a man said nobody does it better, Russell is little bland in the movie but very pleasing to the eye. Bendix is in fine form and it's a shame he doesn't have more screen time and Grahame is completely written down. Shameful thing it is when gals best scene is when she is blowing to the dice. Macao is not a bad movie in any way, but with better script it could have been so much more. If you want to check worthier Mitch & Jane collaboration take a look at His Kind of Woman, that film really rocks! Missed opportunity!


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