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Outpost in Malaya (1952)

The Planter's Wife (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 4 December 1952 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Earl St. John insisted on the casting of an American actress to boost US box office takings (this failed). Amongst those considered were Olivia de Havilland, Joan Crawford, Loretta Young and Norma Shearer, but none was willing to commit to a long overseas shoot. 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

Liz Frazer: Everything is wrong, Hugh.
Hugh Dobson: By that you mean Jim?
Liz Frazer: Have you seen him lately?
Hugh Dobson: He gave me a wave the other day.
Liz Frazer: That's all I get. That's our life in one movement.
Hugh Dobson: These are difficult times.
Liz Frazer: I know all that Hugh. I was born out here - I understand this country. For both of us planting is the only life we know. If anyone can take barbed wire, guards, guns and all this it should be Jim and me, but look at us.
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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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Colbert fires a mean machine gun
3 April 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

Sweet, docile little Claudette Colbert - firing a machine gun? Anything's possible in the movies!

Colbert and her husband live on their rubber plantation in Malaysia (back when it was Malaya) with their small son. Her husband is too absorbed in the plantation to notice her very much, and she decides that when it's time to take their son to school in England, she will go with him and never return. But then she is unable to leave when bandits kill one of their neighbours, then tries to kill Colbert, and the whole plantation is set up in a murderous game of cat and mouse.

You'd like this if you liked Red Dust with Gable and Harlow, the setting is very similar. For an added bonus, some people may remember the cartoon Riki Tiki Tavi, about a mongoose who takes care of a household and keeps the cobras at bay - this is wonderfully reproduced with a real mongoose and cobra in a thrilling scene, very reminiscent of the cartoon, even down to the same room!


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