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World for Ransom (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 January 1954 (USA)
In Singapore, a private detective and the British authorities are on the trail of a crime syndicate that kidnaps a nuclear physicist with the aim of selling him to the highest bidder.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writer:

Lindsay Hardy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Duryea ... Mike Callahan / Corrigan
Gene Lockhart ... Alexis Pederas
Patric Knowles ... Julian March
Reginald Denny ... Maj. Ian Bone
Nigel Bruce ... Gov. Sir Charles Coutts
Marian Carr ... Frennessey March
Arthur Shields ... Sean O'Connor
Douglass Dumbrille ... Insp. McCollum
Carmen D'Antonio ... Dancer
Keye Luke ... Wong
Clarence Lung Clarence Lung ... Johnny Chan
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Guzik
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Storyline

Director Robert Aldrich, one year before his post-modern Noir masterpiece Kiss Me, Deadly (1955), did his best with this atmospheric China Seas melodrama. Should chanteuse Frenesie (Marion Carr) stay glued to her weak-kneed but handsome husband (Patric Knowles) or wise up and take what tough but reliable Irish soldier of fortune Callahan (Dan Duryea) has to offer? The answer comes only after sterling character actors Gene Lockhart (evil mastermind), Nigel Bruce (colonial governor), Douglas Dumbrille (military cop) and once-handsome Reginald Denny (ditto) squabble and planify to restore order. Bonus: lovely brogue-wielding Arthur Shields, younger brother of icon Barry Fitzgerald, as the hydrogen bomb expert whose kidnap fuels the intrigue. Bad guys vs. good with the sublime, sweet-hearted, tough-tongued Duryea playing both ends against the middle. His face like carved rare roast beef, his hair slicked back, eternal glint in his eye, Duryea wriggles through sewers, sprints around enemy ... Written by Ernie Bakeswell

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He was lured kiss-by-kiss into an incredible plot to destroy the world !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte à Singapour See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Plaza Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Robert Aldrich, the screenplay was actually written by the blacklisted Hugo Butler, using Lindsay Hardy as a front. See more »

Goofs

As Callahan is getting up after being attacked by two thugs on Peking Lane, you can see the silhouette of a crew member briefly on Callahan's trousers. See more »

Quotes

Wong: Take a chance, Mr. Callahan. Love is a white bird, yet you cannot buy her.
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Rather enjoyable Atomic Age thriller
7 June 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I taped World For Ransom when BBC2 screened it during the early hours recently. This is the time when they usually show these sort of movies and I found this one quite good.

Set in Singapore, a group of people plot to kidnap a nuclear scientist who is one of only three people in the whole world who knows how to detonate the H-Bomb. We get to see plenty of people being killed, especially during the final scenes. There is also blackmail, double crossing and punch-ups.

The cast includes Dan Duryea, Patric Knowles (How Green Was My Valley, The Wolf Man), Gene Lockhart (Lost In Space star June's dad) and Nigel Bruce (Dr Watson from the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies) in his last movie.

World For Ransom is quite good and is worth checking out.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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