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Ferry to Hong Kong (1959)

Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Vernon Harris (screenplay), Lewis Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curd Jürgens ... Mark Conrad (as Curt Jurgens)
Orson Welles ... Captain Hart
Sylvia Syms ... Liz Ferrers
Jeremy Spenser ... Miguel Henriques
Noel Purcell ... Joe Skinner
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Miss Carter
John Wallace John Wallace ... Police Inspector
Roy Chiao ... Johnny Sing-Up
Shelley Shen Shelley Shen ... Foo Soo
Louis Seto Louis Seto ... Tommy Cheng
Milton Reid ... Yen
Ronald Decent Ronald Decent ... Portuguese Major
Don Carlos Don Carlos ... Archdeacon
Nick Kendall Nick Kendall ... 2nd Police Inspector
Kwan-San Lam Kwan-San Lam ... 1st Guardian (as Kwan Shan Lam)
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Storyline

Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain Hart. Conrad's papers are out of order and Macao refuses him entry. Unable to go ashore, Conrad is a permanent passenger on the ferry with Hart, who detests him. It's all one long, lazy voyage for Conrad until one fateful trip when an encounter with a typhoon and pirates forces Conrad to choose between an aimless drifter's life and becoming a man again. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1959 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Visa pour Hong Kong See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles and Curt Jurgens quarrelled badly during filming. This was as a result of Welles' playing his character as a buffoon (rewriting a number of his own lines), and treating the story as a comedy, whereas Jurgens saw it as high drama, as had the producers. See more »

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The Four Seasons
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Arranged by Fu-Ling Wang (as Fook Ling Wong)
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Well at least the scenery is interesting
26 November 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

As has been mentioned it is extremely interesting to see Hong Kong as it was in the 1950s,much different to the way it is today.However as to the film,what we're they thinking of.Lewis Gilbert is such an experienced director having made so many fine films.Orson Welled is completely out of sync with everyone else.I couldn't work out if he was doing an impersonation of Charles Laughton or Arthur Treacher.Sylvia Simms as a romantic lead for Curt Jurgens.Apparently Jurgens was constantly arguing with WellesThe pirate theme at the end at least brings a bit of action to the end of the film.You don't know whether to laugh or cry.Maybe the best description is,it's Rank.


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