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November 26, 2011
Cita en Hong Kong [1955]
½ February 12, 2011
Susan Hayward plays a somewhat idealistic wife searching for her missing photographer husband when she comes in contact with American expatriate Clark Gable, who may just be a gangster. It was refreshing to see actual Asians cast as Asian characters in this, which was still not all that common 1955. Richard Loo puts in a particularly cool supporting performance as a desperate, deposed general, longing for his mother land. Keep an eye out for giant, frightening character actor Leo Gordon as a barfly hoodlum. And Alexander D'Arcy as a drunken Frenchman and occasional bar fighter (all in good fun, of course). Don't blink, or you'll miss the film debut of the shockingly prolific James Hong. The main storyline works best as a framework to hang all these cool actors off, playing interesting, seedy people living in a wild city where justice depends on the gold in your pocket. Also unusual is the location shooting, actually in Hong Kong. Not a great movie, but a very fun watch, especially if you're a fan of spotting 'that guy' actors.
½ October 2, 2009
Things were so much simpler back in the 50's, at least they pretended like it was.
½ June 15, 2009
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.
June 12, 2009
It was an all right Gable picture. Nothing too fancy, though the cinematography was pretty good.
February 12, 2009
Very good movie. :)
May 12, 2008
This is a good movie
March 16, 2008
Decent movie. Gable really carried it. The movie also tried hard to stay away from Western stereotypes which kept me watching even though parts were slow.
September 15, 2007
I heart Clark Gable! but this one was too serious for me
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