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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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Russell reports that director Josef von Sternberg was nasty to the crew, and would make insulting remarks about her and Robert Mitchum to each other, such as "what are we going to do with this beautiful stupid girl". Although Sternberg threatened Mitchum that he could be put off the picture, in the end it was the director who was replaced by Nicholas Ray. 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

Julie Benson: Enjoy the view?
Nick Cochran: Well, it's not the Taj Mahal or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon but, uh, it's not bad.
Julie Benson: Did anyone ever tell you what big blue eyes you have, grandma?
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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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Mitchum in trouble in the seedy port of Macao.
19 May 1999 | by RIO-15See all my reviews

A penniless adventurer (Mitchum) is mistaken for a police detective by the underworld boss (Dexter) of Macao. Meanwhile the real detective (Bendix) uses Mitchum as a decoy to lure Dexter out of the safety of the colony. Sexy Jane Russell is also on hand to give Mitchum more than his share of thrills.

A bit of entertaining nonsense. A film which nevertheless is forgotten a few minutes after the end titles. Mitchum,Russell and Bendix all play with the right easygoing charm. Not a great movie but fun anyway.


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