Calcutta (1947)





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Alan Ladd stars in Calcutta as devil-may-care pilot Neale Gordon. With his equally fearless partners Pedro Blake (William Bendix) and Bill Cunningham (John Whitney), Gordon handles the air-freight route between Calcutta and Chungking. When Cunningham meets his death at the hands of jewel smugglers, Gordon vows to play judge and jury and bring the criminals to justice himself. Among the suspects are the film's two gorgeous leading ladies, sweetie-pie Virginia Moore (Gail Russell) and sultry nightclub singer Merina Tanev (June Duprez). Once Gordon figures out who his real friends are, he relies on his fists to mete out retribution, resulting in one sequence that's guaranteed to raise the hackles of every feminist in the crowd. Even with a short running time of 73 minutes, Calcutta secured top-of-the-bill bookings.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures


Alan Ladd
as Neale Gordon
June Duprez
as Marina Tanev
William Bendix
as Pedro Blake
Gail Russell
as Virginia Moore
Benson Fong
as Young Chinese Clerk
Gavin Muir
as Inspector Kendricks
Lowell Gilmore
as Eric Lasser
Aminta Dyne
as Sleepy Woman
Frank Baker
as Police Officer
Marilyn Chow
as Chinese Stewardess
Don Beddoe
as Jack Collins
Morton Lowry
as Scarred Man
Joey Ray
as Bodyguard to Lasser
Harry Cording
as Tea Planter
Charles Stevens
as Strangler
Frederick Giermann
as Tea Planter
Leyland Hodgson
as Police Officer
George Kirby
as Day Desk Clerk
Jimmy Aubrey
as Mac, Mechanic
Milton Parsons
as Desk Clerk
Colin Kenny
as Police Officer
Joy Harington
as Hotel Guest
John Benson
as Pilot
John Whitney
as Bill Cunningham
Bobby Barber
as Taxi Driver
Leslie Fong
as Chinese Radio Man at Dinjhan
Ernö Verebes
as Frenchman
W. Beal Wong
as Native Foreman at Dinjhan
George Sorel
as Croupier
Fred Nurney
as Man in Cafe
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Croupier's Assistant
Eddie Hall
as Copilot
Bhogwan Singh
as Bar Boy
Shirley Lew
as Mrs. Smith's Assistant Hairdresser
Barbara Jean Wong
as Mrs. Smith's Manicurist
Bruce Wong
as Chinese Radio Man at Ed's Place
Moy Ming
as Elderly Chinese Clerk
Hassan Khayyam
as Hindu Man
Len Hendry
as Starter
Bruce Carruthers
as Police Officer
Paul Singh
as Mul Raj Malik
Lal Chand Mehra
as Bar Captain
Bill Nind
as Police Sergeant
Peter Cusanelli
as Headwaiter
Artarne Wong
as Copilot
George Broughton
as Hotel Guest
Eddie Das
as Native Boss
Edith King
as Mrs. Smith
Eddie Leo
as Jim Wong
Robert Stephenson
as Tea Planter
Mahmed Tahir
as Native Waiter
Madge E. Schofield
as Hindu Servant Woman
Anandi Dhalwani
as Hindu Woman
Shuran Singh
as Doorman
Diane Ervin
as Hotel Guest
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Critic Reviews for Calcutta

All Critics (2)

The most startling aspect of the production is the extreme poverty and squalor that he captures with his camera.

Full Review… | October 13, 2007
Turner Classic Movies Online

Entertaining potboiler.

Full Review… | November 1, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Calcutta

Routine mystery suffers from Ladd's seeming indifference to his character in the lead and Gail Russell's unsuitability for her role. A lovely actress, her looks had not been destroyed by her extreme alcoholism at this point, her presence is too gentle to be convincing as the sort of femme fatale that was Ladd's frequent partner, Veronica Lake's stock in trade. The best performance comes from supporting player Edith King, in her screen debut, as the shady but very fun Mrs. Smith who though it's never stated outright is obviously the local madame as well as involved in other shady doings. The picture comes to life whenever she enters the scene. It's a pity her role isn't larger. Otherwise this is a standard actioner that the studios pumped out weekly to keep product in the theatres during the Golden Age.

jay nixon
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