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They Met in Bombay (1941)





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They Met in Bombay is a typical MGM star vehicle, in which the leading players are called upon to carry a pencil-thin plotline on the force of sheer personality. Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell play Gerald Meldrick and Anya Von Duren, a pair of rival jewel thieves at large in India. Both parties are after the same prize, a priceless diamond owned by the Duchess of Beltravers (Jessie Ralph). To inveigle their way into the Duchess' confidence, Gerald poses as a Scotland Yard detective, while Anya pretends to be an aristocrat. After several reels of cross-purposes, hero and heroine decide to team up, keeping one step ahead of a diligent police inspector (Matthew Boulton) and mercenary freighter captain Chang (Peter Lorre). Both Gerald and Anya betray the nobler sides of their natures in the final reels, participating in a pitched battle against invading Japanese military forces.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Gordon, Edwin Justus Mayer, Anita Loos
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On DVD: Mar 23, 1994
Warner Home Video


Clark Gable
as Gerald Meldrick
Rosalind Russell
as Anya Von Duren
Peter Lorre
as Capt. Chang
Jessie Ralph
as Duchess of Beltraver...
Matthew Boulton
as Inspector Cressney
Leslie Vincent
as Lt. Ashley
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Hotel Manager
Rosina Galli
as Carmencita
Luis Alberni
as Maitre d'hotel
Nanette Vallon
as Beauty Operator
Lilyan Irene
as Duchess' Maid
James B. Leong
as Third Mate
Duke Chan
as Radio Operator
Chester Gan
as Woo Ling Woo
Eric Lonsdale
as Sergeant
David Clyde
as Sergeant
David Thursby
as Sergeant
Keye Luke
as Mr. Toy
Roland Got
as Young Foo Sing
Lee Tung Foo
as Elder Foo Sing
Harry Cording
as Corporal
Philip Ahn
as Japanese Officer
Richard Loo
as Japanese Officer
Alan Ladd
as British Soldier
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Critic Reviews for They Met in Bombay

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

A quintessential Gable star vehicle, this escapist fare is mildly entertaining due to the acting, with Rosalind Russell as the King's equal-rival.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012

It tickles the bones even though the plot is slight and the story line is farfetched and hardly believable.

Full Review… | August 12, 2007
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Audience Reviews for They Met in Bombay

They Met In Bombay (1941)

This war-time romantic comedy is set in the mysterious East and like their travels, it goes all over the map. But who can deny the handsome and beautiful leads in this movie? If you're a fan of Gable or Russell, you're going to love this movie.

Two rival jewell thieves, Gerald Meldrick (Clark Gable) and Anya Von Duren (Rosalind Russell) come together for a gala event to steal the infamous Star of Asia necklace from the Duchess of Beltravers (Jessie Ralph).

Gerald and Anya's banter grows into somewhat of a romance, despite wanting the necklace for themselves. They are found out and almost don't make it, and with the law after them, they decide to share their meager resources to make their get-away.

They sneak onto a tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong, run by Captain Chang (Peter Lorre fresh from his Mr. Moto franchise in "Yellow Face"), but manage to steal away on a boat before Chang is able to turn them in to the British. Now, on the lamb in Hong Kong, Gerald steals an officer's uniform in a scheme to steal the Army payroll, but get's called into base for a special mission.

Now he must leed a platoon to help evacuate British subjects from a Japanese held mainland Chinese village. Does Gerald and Anya do the right thing?

Rick Rudge

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