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Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 27 May 1955 (USA)
After Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears, she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but instead meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.


Edward Dmytryk


Ernest K. Gann (novel), Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Hank Lee
Susan Hayward ... Mrs. Jane Hoyt
Michael Rennie ... Inspector Merryweather
Gene Barry ... Louis Hoyt
Alexander D'Arcy ... Rene Dupont Chevalier (as Alex D'Arcy)
Tom Tully ... Tweedie
Anna Sten ... Madame Dupree
Russell Collins ... Icky
Leo Gordon ... Big Matt
Richard Loo ... Gen. Po Lin
Soo Yong ... Dak Lai
Frank Tang Frank Tang ... Capt. Ying Fai - Chicago
Jack Kruschen ... Austin Stoker
Mel Welles ... Fernand Rocha


During the 1950s an American journalist disappears in China. His wife, Jane Hoyt, arrives in Hong Kong, determined to find him. There are rumors that Louis Hoyt might be held by the Communist Chinese as spy. Jane Hoyt asks shady shipping magnate Hank Lee for his help but Hank tries to dissuade her from venturing into Red China. Desperate, Jane asks another local, Fernand Rocha, for his help and pays him money. After dishonest and sleazy charlatan Rocha spends her money and forcibly confines her, Hank Lee finally takes pity on her and decides to go searching for her husband himself. Illegally entering Red China Hank finds plenty of trouble. Written by nufs68

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Tale of Today's Orient.


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Did You Know?


Clark Gable arrived in Hong Kong on Monday 15 November 1954 to begin filming. (Associated Press, "Clark Gable Arrives In Hong Kong for Film," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Tuesday 16 November 1954, Volume LXI, Number 66, page 1.) See more »


Whilst looking through the binoculars at the Chinese gunship, Hank is holding them upside down. See more »


Inspector Merryweather: Now that we've had our exercise, I suppose it would be presumptuous... to ask whither this slave ship is bound.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: HONG KONG CROWN COLONY See more »


Remade as Hong Kong (1960) See more »


Don't Fence Me In
Written by Cole Porter and Robert H. Fletcher
Played on piano and sung by customers in Tweedie's Bar
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The 46 Year Old Anna Sten
7 September 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Good-looking in that bland sort of way that DeLuxe Color productions of the 50's tended to, 'Soldier of Fortune's depiction of the dastardly red Chinese marked a further step in former blacklistee Edward Dmytryk's continuing atonement for his politically incorrect past.

Despite its attractive Hong Kong locations and Hugo Friedhofer's emphatically 'Chinese' music on the soundtrack, the interiors are obviously shot back in Hollywood, as well as being very talky. (Sam Fuller made much better use of Tokyo in the same year's 'House of Bamboo'.)

Seventh-billed amidst a good cast is the ill-starred Anna Sten, who despite playing a barfly and wearing unflattering makeup can still just be recognised as the lovely girl from the Ukraine who showed such promise in silent films before crashing and burning in Hollywood during the thirties. In her only colour film she has a vivid scene early on dancing on a table in a green dress and matching shoes, which even gets her a proposal of marriage; whereupon she promptly disappears from the film.

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Release Date:

27 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$2,515,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)| 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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