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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 !


Certificate:

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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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Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character played by Patric Knowles is named Julian March. The play director played by Warner Baxter in 42nd Street is named Julian Marsh. See more »

Goofs

When Callahan is in Frennessey March's dressing room, he states he shipped out of Singapore during the war. The Japanese captured Singapore and occupied the city from February 15, 1942 to August 15, 1945. The three ships sent to defend Singapore were either sunk or ran aground. Callahan could not have embarked on an Allied ship as Singapore was thousands of miles behind enemy lines at the time. See more »

Quotes

Wong: Take a chance, Mr. Callahan. Love is a white bird, yet you cannot buy her.
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Sets The Stage For Kiss Me Deadly(1955)
24 March 2000 | by eibon09See all my reviews

World For Ransom(1954) is an odd item from filmography of Robert Aldrich as it is not as well known as some of his other movies. This is an overlooked movie that would provide a sketch for Kiss Me Deadly(1955). Dan Duryea gives a very good performance as well as Patric Knowles and Marian Carr. The plot of the film recalls The Third Man(1949) because its also about a friend of the protagonist who may be villainous and the woman who torn between her husband and her friend. It is well paced and filled with action and intrigue. World For Ransom(1954) is an exciting movie by a man who would later do terrific films like Kiss Me Deadly(1955) and The Dirty Dozen(1967).


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