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Malaya (1949)





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Spencer Tracy and James Stewart team up for this World War II adventure, based on an supposedly true incident from World War II. Stewart plays John Royer, an ex-newspaper reporter with a backhand knowledge of Malaya, and Tracy plays a criminal named Carnaghan, doing time in Alcatraz for smuggling. They are brought together for an undercover assignment -- to smuggle a large shipment of rubber out of Japanese-held territory in Malaya and deliver the tonnage to awaiting U.S. ships. Carnaghan and Royer plod through the jungles and have to deal with several unscrupulous contacts including a man calling himself The Dutchman (Sydney Greenstreet), a helpful FBI agent named Kellar (John Hodiak), and a sneaky Japanese officer by the name of Colonel Tomura (Richard Loo). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Fenton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1994
Warner Bros.


Spencer Tracy
as Carnaghan
James Stewart
as John Royer
Lionel Barrymore
as John Manchester
Roland Winters
as Bruno Gruber
Richard Loo
as Col. Tomura
Ian MacDonald
as Carlos Tassuma
James Todd
as Carson
Paul Kruger
as Official
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Secretary
Herbert Heywood
as Bartender
Luther Crockett
as Navy Officer
George Carleton
as Small Man
Matt Moore
as Prison Official
Ben Haggerty
as Sub Officer
Spencer Chan
as Chinese Shipmaster
Eddie Lee
as Japanese Aids to Tom...
Roque Espiritu
as Malay Servant
Leon Stewart
as Piano Player
Leonard Strong
as Half-witted Malay
David Fresco
as Barracuda Ed
Jack Davis
as Captain
DeForest Kelley
as Lt. Glenson
Jack Shea
as Intern
James Somers
as Army Transport Capta...
Robert B. Williams
as Army Sergeant
Leon Lontoc
as Servant
Bill Self
as Henchman
Paul Singh
as Servant
Joel Allen
as Federal Agent
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Critic Reviews for Malaya

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Unsatisfying pulp-fiction adventurous flag-waver melodrama from WW2.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

October 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for Malaya


A minor film in all the actors filmography but still an enjoyable adventure that is made better by their involvement. This was Sydney Greenstreet's last film and his role is a fitting one, neither hero nor villain but filled with chances for him to imbibe it with his customary humor and sly wit, he even gets the final shot in the film which adds a nice touch as a capper to his career.

jay nixon

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