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Outpost in Malaya (1952)

The Planter's Wife (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 4 December 1952 (USA)
During the 1950s, in British-controlled Malaya, rubber-tree planters face many difficulties and dangers, including bandit attacks and nationalist guerrilla ambushes.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

S.C. George (novel), Peter Proud (original story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Liz Frazer
Jack Hawkins ... Jim Frazer
Anthony Steel ... Hugh Dobson
Ram Gopal Ram Gopal ... Nair
Jeremy Spenser ... Mat
Peter Asher ... Mike Frazer
Tom Macaulay Tom Macaulay ... Jack Bushell
Sonya Hana Sonya Hana ... Ah Mov
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Wan Li
Yah Ming Yah Ming ... Ah Siong
Ng Cheuk Kwong Ng Cheuk Kwong ... Ho Tang
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Storyline

The marriage of rubber-plantation owner Jim Frazer and his wife, Liz, which has survived many disasters, including years in a Japanese internment camp, is at a breaking point. Under constant threats of bandit attacks and concerned with the safety of his plantation and the people on it, Jim spares no time for his marriage. Liz is to take their young son, Mike, home to school in England, and, without telling Jim, does not plan to return. A neighboring plantation is attacked and the owner killed just prior to her departure. Liz and Jim get arms and ammunition from a near-by town, and a night of terror follows as the bandits attack. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Jungle-shattering excitement roars out of the world's forgotten frontier! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outpost in Malaya See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

GBP32,000
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Production Co:

Pinnacle Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Casting well-known Hollywood actress Claudette Colbert proved quite contentious in Great Britain. Many British actors complained that casting Colbert took work away from other worthy British performers. See more »

Goofs

When a bus passenger is machine-gunned at close range, he turns towards the camera to reveal a spotless white shirt. See more »

Quotes

Hugh Dobson: If you took him away, he'd hate you for the rest of his days.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This film is dedicated to the rubber planters of Malaya, where only the jungle is neutral, and where the planters are daily defending their rubber trees with their lives. See more »

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a plantation owner and his wife in Malaysia
18 August 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

By the time of this 1952 film, "Outpost in Malaya," Claudette Colbert's film career was on the inevitable downward trend that befell older female stars from Hollywood's golden days. If these actresses didn't want to go for the character roles, as Bette Davis did, they were for the most part out. Colbert was asked at some point why she wasn't making films anymore, and she said, "There haven't been any offers." And here's an offer she should have turned down. In this film, she's 49 years old, the mother of a small son and married to 42-year-old Jack Hawkins. The couple lives in Malaya, where Hawkins runs a rubber plantation. At the time, post WW II, Malaya was involved in a civil war. Some Malaysians didn't like the plantation owners, so they were subject to attack. A great deal of the film has scenes of gunfighting, bombings, etc.

Hawkins works nonstop to harvest the rubber crop and fight insurgents, and his wife feels separated from him and decides to leave when she takes her son back to England for school. Can they salvage their marriage? Okay movie though the beautiful Colbert, who looks great and is well dressed despite the heat and dirt, is miscast, though very good. The rugged Hawkins is very good as well. It's just not much of a movie - the subplot of marriage on the rocks was an attempt to give the film a little depth, but that doesn't really happen. Baby boomers will enjoy watching Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon as the little boy. Remember when his sister dated Paul McCartney? If you're my age, you do.


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