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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

Whilst filming, Orson Welles did some preliminary work on The Immortal Story (1968) (The Immortal Story), which wouldn't begin filming for another 7 years . See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Remembers: Orson Welles See more »

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Ferry to Hong Kong
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Traditional
Arranged by Robert Sharples
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
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Truly Tragic
11 November 2001 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

After boy-genius Orson Welles gave us his debut masterpiece `Citizen Kane', followed it up with the wonderful `Magnificent Ambersons'(and who could forget his charismatic Harry Lime in Carol Reed's `Third Man'?) he really had nowhere to go except down.

But I never expected to see him as he is in `Ferry to Hong Kong' mugging and pulling faces to try to produce cheap laughs in an awful English accent. He even waddles around at one stage with a board strapped to his back, all dignity gone. To paraphrase a well-known script-writer from Stratford `When great Orson fell, what a fall was there!'

Otherwise this is a pretty poor attempt at a comedy with perhaps some interest for those who want to see ever-changing Hong Kong as it was in the late Fifties.

I wish I hadn't seen `Ferry to Hong Kong'


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