World for Ransom (1954)
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as Mike Callahan
as Julian March
as Alexis Pederas
as Maj. Bone
as Gov. Coutts
as Frennessey March
as Inspector McCollum
as Sean O'Connor
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Dan Duryea usually excels in his roles, but in "World for Ransom," he doesn't seem to know what to do. His performance is wildly uneven, but that stems mostly from the fact that "World for Ransom" was basically made from the scraps of "China Smith," a television series also starring Duryea. It just doesn't seem like a whole lot of effort was put into the film's creation, and that's why it comes off as an uninspired, shallow piece of work. That being said, I found myself strangely enjoying a handful of its sequences, most of which came near its end, and even though Duryea's performance is a mixed bag, there's more good to it than bad. Overall, "World for Ransom" is forgettable because of its lack of ambition and creativity, but it does have some redeeming qualities.
Aldrich evokes some killer ambience, particularly in his depiction of the seedy underbelly of Singapore. Otherwise, this is a dud. A weak, unimaginative script that fails to exploit its cold war premise, some humor that falls flat, very little real tension, and a lousy cast. Dan Duryea makes a terrible leading man, his reedy voice and smarmy demeanor are too irritating. No one else is that good in it, either. A short movie, but one that feels longer than it should.
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