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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.


Ken Annakin


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




Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Liz Frazer
Jack Hawkins ... Jim Frazer
Anthony Steel ... Inspectir 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


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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Hugh Dobson: If you took him away, he'd hate you for the rest of his days.
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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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Available on DVD Downunder
4 August 2009 | by petercmdSee all my reviews

This film is available (legally) on DVD in Australia in a two-movie pack with another Jack Hawkins film "The Seekers" (a.k.a. "Land of Fury" in the States). You can order it from www.ebay.com.au (for only ten Australian dollars!!!). Is also advertised on www.ebay.com in the States from another Australian source.

"The Seekers" is an important film historically in New Zealand where I live, because it's the first colour feature filmed here and features several prominent indigenous Maori actors including acclaimed opera singer Inia te Wiata who went on to perform at Covent Garden in London.

Other major international productions filmed or set in New Zealand in this period include "Green Dolphin Street" (director Victor Saville, 1947; starring Lana Turner and Van Heflin) about an Englishman thwarted in love who seeks redemption in exile in New Zealand, which won an Oscar for Best Special Effects for its earthquake scenes; "Until They Sail" (director Robert Wise, 1957; starring Paul Newman, Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Sandra Dee and Piper Laurie) about GIs romancing New Zealand girls during the war; and "Two Loves" (director Charles Walters, 1961; starring Jack Hawkins again, Shirley MacLaine and Laurence Harvey) in which Shirley Maclaine is an idealistic young American immigrant school teacher amongst the impoverished Maoris battling (and in love with) the cynical Harvey and the set-in-his ways school inspector Hawkins. All the Maori roles seem to be played by Asians or Mexicans. This is also the case on "Green Dolphin Street" where all the Maoris seem to be played by Mexicans (apparently that one was filmed on a Hollywood lot).

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4 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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