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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.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... CPO Samuel T. McHale
... Jenkins
... Walter Landers (as Casey Adams)
... Kengtu
... Wilbur 'Coney' Cohen
... Elwood Halsey
... Paul Sabatello
Judy Dan ... Nura-Salu (as Judy Dann)
... Tomec
... Lt. Cmdr. Hobart Wyatt
... 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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11 May 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Gobi Outpost  »

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$1,340,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Don Taylor as "Jenkins" occasionally wears a Cincinnati Reds or Cleveland Indians baseball cap. Both teams wore similar caps - navy blue with a red bill, wishbone "C," and button - during the 1940's. 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 »

Quotes

[Walter flirts successfully with a Mongolian woman]
Jenkins: Well, looks like you made a hit, Walter my boy. Tell me, how do you do it?
Walter Landers: My training as a meterorologist. I can take one look at a girl and tell weather.
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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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Featured in The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008) See more »

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Great humane tongue in cheek drama
28 April 2002 | by See 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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