Soldier of Fortune Reviews
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.