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Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 27 May 1955 (USA)
When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

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

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 Soo Yong ... Dak Lai
Frank Tang Frank Tang ... Capt. Ying Fai - Chicago
Jack Kruschen ... Austin Stoker
Mel Welles ... Fernand Rocha
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Storyline

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. When 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.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Aventureiro de Hong Kong See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,515,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This was the seventh film telecast on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies", the first television program to exclusively broadcast post-1948 theatrical films on US network television. This one was first telecast 4 November 1961, and like the opener of the series, How to Marry a Millionaire, and several others which followed, had been filmed in CinemaScope, at its original 2.55:1 ratio, and so had to be "formatted to fit your screen" i.e. shown pan/scan in the conventional 4:3 TV ratio, losing nearly half of the image in the process, and literally destroying the composition of each scene. But viewers didn't seem to mind. The idea proved so successful that NBC soon followed it up with another series with the identical format, "Monday Night at the Movies", and it wasn't long before the format was taken up by both CBS and ABC. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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People Like You and Me
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano at Tweedie's Bar
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Clark Gable takes on Communist China in order to rescue Susan Hayward's husband.
11 April 1999 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

Based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Gann, "Soldier of Fortune" has Clark Gable taking on the type of role that made him one of the early kings of Hollywood. As Hank Lee, Gable has many connections in Hong Kong, and mainland China during the 50's. Susan Hayward has learned of her husband's capture on trumped-up charges from the Chinese gov't, and is willing to use any means possible to rescue him. This means even recruiting the mysterious Hank Lee, a rogue, a bandit, a smuggler, and those are his good qualities, according to the British crown, represented by Michael Rennie.

When all is said and done, Gable finally accepts the challenge, and how he pulls the rescue off makes the story. Downtown Hong Kong has many memorable shots, and the film utilizes each of them to the fullest potential.


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