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Destination Gobi (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 11 May 1953 (Sweden)
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In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Edmund G. Love (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Widmark ... CPO Samuel T. McHale
Don Taylor ... Jenkins
Max Showalter ... Walter Landers (as Casey Adams)
Murvyn Vye ... Kengtu
Darryl Hickman ... Wilbur 'Coney' Cohen
Martin Milner ... Elwood Halsey
Ross Bagdasarian ... Paul Sabatello
Judy Dan Judy Dan ... Nura-Salu (as Judy Dann)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Tomec
Russell Collins ... Lt. Cmdr. Hobart Wyatt
Leonard Strong ... Wali-Akhun
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Storyline

A group of US Navy weathermen taking measurements in the Gobi desert in World War II are forced to seek the help of Mongol nomads to regain their ship while under attack from the Japanese air force. The Mongols are rewarded by an airlift of the finest saddles. Written by Peter Fawcett <pdfawcet@brad.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

ADVENTURE AS FIERY AND FURIOUS AS THE FLAMING SANDS OF CHINA'S GOBI DESERT! (original ad - all caps)

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Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Gobi Outpost See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,340,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nixon and Fallon, NV were both used as location sites, and Paiute Indians residing on a reservation in Nixon played Mongol extras. See more »

Goofs

The previous continuity item is not correct. Richard Widmark enters a room through a door labeled "S.A.C.O." and closes the door. Then another officer walks over to a second door labeled "Commanding Officer" and closes it. There are two doors on the set. See more »

Quotes

Paul Sabatello: I don't get it. What I don't get, I don't like.
Jenkins: Looks like you ain't been getting much lately.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the Navy records in Washington, there is an obscure entry reading "Saddles for Gobi."

This film is based on the story behind that entry--one of the strangest stories of World War II. See more »

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Great humane tongue in cheek drama
28 April 2002 | by michaelterSee all my reviews

Can't believe this one is from 1953, it feels like it was done last year.

The vistas and the panoramas of the desert are stunning and the cultural representation of Chinese and Mongols is authentic without any Hollywood tricks, which is amazing not only for 1953 but for 2002 as well.


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