To the Ends of the Earth


To the Ends of the Earth

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The relatively relaxed movie censorship in the postwar years enabled Columbia to produce To the Ends of the Earth, a film which dealt with the previously taboo subject of drug smuggling. T-man Dick Powell is sent to several foreign locales to track down an Opium ring. The villains are subversives (Red? Fascist?) who plan to take over the world by hooking everyone on the "hard stuff." The film is chock full of mysterious European and Oriental types like Vladimir Sokoloff, Ludwig Donath and Fritz Leiber; even leading lady Signe Hasso speaks with an accent, which in 1948 was enough to immediately put her under suspicion. Lending credence to this sprawling adventure yarn is the presence of several actual treasury agents in bit parts, including commissioner Harry J. Anslinger.


Dick Powell
as Commissioner Michael Barrows
Signe Hasso
as Ann Grant
John Hoyt
as George C. Shannon
Ludwig Donath
as Nicholas Sokim
as Shu Pan Wu
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Lum Chi Chow
Marcel Journet
as Commissioner Lariesier
Luis Van Rooten
as Alberto Berado
Fritz Leiber
as Binda Sha
Vernon Steele
as Commissioner Hadley
Peter Virgo
as Mahmoud
Lou Krugman
as Commissioner Amar Hassam
Eddie Lee
as Chian Soo
Ivan Triesault
as Naftalie Vrandstadter
George Volk
as Cassidy
as Shu Pan
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