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Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Soldier of Fortune





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The first of two Clark Gable films produced by 20th Century-Fox, Soldier of Fortune casts Gable as an American mercenary, running a successful smuggling operation in and out of Hong Kong. Gable is hired by Susan Hayward, who hopes to locate her missing husband, photographer Gene Barry. Upon discovering that Barry is being held by the Communists somewhere on the Chinese mainland, Gable risks his neck to rescue the man. Along the way, he falls in love with Hayward, which may or may not compromise his dedication to saving Barry's neck. Filmed largely on location, Soldier of Fortune deserves to be seen in its original CinemaScope form--or, at the very least, in the "letterboxed" version recently made available to cable television.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest K. Gann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Clark Gable
as Hank Lee
Susan Hayward
as Mrs. Jane Hoyt
Gene Barry
as Louis Hoyt
Michael Rennie
as Inspector Merryweath...
Tom Tully
as Tweedie
Anna Sten
as Mme. Dupree
Leo Gordon
as Big Matt
Soo Yong
as Dak Lai
Frank Tang
as Ying Fai
Jack Kruschen
as Austin Stoker
Jack Raine
as Maj. Leith-Phipps
Alex Finlayson
as Australian Airman
W. Beal Wong
as Chinese Clerk
Robert Burton
as Father Xavier
Robert Quarry
as Frank Stewart
Charles Davis
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Kam Tong
as Needle
Barry Bernard
as English People
George Chan
as Cheap Hotel Clerk
William Yip
as Bartender
Danny Chang
as Billy Lee
James Hong
as Chinese Policeman (u...
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Critic Reviews for Soldier of Fortune

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Our fallen man has redeemed himself as a red-blooded Commie hating American.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

March 10, 2013

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Soldier of Fortune


Soldier of Fortune (1955)

This is one of those anti-communist movies that came out in the 50s. It was written by Ernest Gann, who also wrote "The High and the Mighty" It was directed by Edward Dmytryk (one of the Hollywood 10), who had to prove himself or continue to be black-listed.

This movie is about Hong Kong and was going to be filmed in technicolor and cinemascope all on location, however, Susan Hayward was going through a messy divorce at the time, and couldn't leave the country to be on location for any extended time, so they used a double for the Hong Kong scenes and did most of Hayward's scenes in the studio.

Jane Hoyt (Hayward) has just arrived in Hong Kong, trying to find her Husband, Louis Hoyt (Gene Barry) who is a photo journalist who has sneaked off to Communist China and believed to be captured there. She has tried to get some help from Inspector Merryweather (Michael Rennie) of the Hong Kong Marine Police, but she's forced to have to search among the seedy low-lifes and gangsters of the city to get more information.

Jane turns in despair to Hank Lee (Clark Gable), a lovable rouge and smuggler who has a lot of connections with mainland China. Hank falls in love with Jane, and frankly needs to find Louis just to get a chance with her. Although Gable is 54 years old, and getting a little too old for this kind of thing, he's built like a brick outhouse and still has what it takes to take care of business.

My other favorite characters were Rene Chevalier (Alexander D'Arcy) as yet another lovable rouge, and Po Lin (Richard Loo) as the expatriated General forced to make his money assisting tourists. The movie is pretty cheesy and clichéd stuff, but it's a good popcorn movie. and the cinemascope is excellent for the widescreen TVs.

Rick Rudge

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