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 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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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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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

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It is alleged that the TV series McHale's Navy is based on this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the very beginning of the film, Richard Widmark enters a Navy office to learn a new assignment. He enters the room and closed the door, latching it. Then one of the other two officers in the room walks over to the door and closed the door again, latching it. See more »

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CPO Samuel T. McHale: So that's where I'm heading, Inner Mongolia, it's different to Outer Mongolia.
CPO Samuel T. McHale: Ya, different, it's hotter, drier, and more desolate. It's not for men for live, only lizards.
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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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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Mongols, Meterorologist and McHale.
16 November 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Destination Gobi is directed by Robert Wise and written by Everett Freeman. It stars Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Casey Adams & Murvyn Vye.

"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."

An odd story makes for an oddly entertaining yarn as Widmark and co troop across the Gobi Desert after a Japanese air attack on their weather station base. Other problems exist too, as the Mongol tribe they have befriended may not actually be friends. Poor Widmark, he's a Navy man out in the desert and the motley crew under his command are getting rather restless.

Amazingly based on a true incident, tho we can safely assume there's much poetic license used by the makers, Destination Gobi has a nice blend of action, drama, adventure and comedy. The cast work well as a unit and run with the oddity of the plot, while Wise directs with customary assuredness. It's not one you would sit thru too often once viewed for the first time, but while it's on it's never less than engaging . 6.5/10


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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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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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