It's pretty obvious that Gable is actually there in Hong Kong for a few of the shots but Susan Hayward, embroiled in a custody battle after her divorce from Lex Barker, didn't dare leave the U. Inspector Merryweather is inspecting Hank's when Hank decides to make his attempt, and gets into helping rescue the husband who is being held in prison in Canton. She attracts the eye of shady shipping magnate Hank Lee. So, the bustling and already festooned-with-highrises city of Hong Kong is the principal setting for the jumping-off point of the plot. Instead the film was rewritten so scenes featuring her were filmed in Hollywood. Gann's novel attracted the interest of film studios before it had been published. Illegally entering Red China Hank finds plenty of trouble.
Gann had lived in Hong Kong in his youth working for a telephone company and always wanted to write a book set there. The rest of the unit left for Hong Kong in November 1954 for five weeks of location filming. Upon discovering that Barry is being held by the Communists somewhere on the Chinese mainland, Gable risks his neck to rescue the man. The Hong Kong locals are great. Although not his greatest role he is as always fantastic, and the beautiful and smart Susan Hayward is excellent as always. Jackson, Tom Fadden, Robert Ryan, Frank Conroy, Loretta Young, Tom Wilson, Mel Welles, Robert Adler, Russell Collins, Juan Garc? Charles Stevens, Buck, Clark Gable, Richard Loo, Tom Tully, Susan Hayward, Gene Barry, Lalo Encinas, Harry Shannon, Soo Yong, Tommy Jackson, Jack Raine, Jane Russell, Thomas E.
This film is a sterling example of his art. Desperate, Jane asks another local, Fernand Rocha, for his help and pays him money. With his help, she learns that Louis entered Communist China and was imprisoned as a suspected spy. This is one of those early Twentieth Century Fox CinemaScope potboilers where the studio sent most of the cast and crew to actual locations and took full DeLuxe Color advantage of places that most of the potential audience would never visit in real life. He promises to help find her husband.
A fine mid 1950s film which inspired the later U. Anyway, here are some more shots of that grand hotel's forecourt complete with the older fountain. The Allison Brothers, Ben Gable and Clint Cameron Mitchell are ex-Confederate soldiers now trying their hands at bank robbery. For me the real stars, however, are Leo Tover's excellent use of the CinemaScope lenses and, once again, Hugo Friedhofer's atmospheric score. In my opinion, no other Hollywood master of the full orchestral enhancement was able to cue the audience and call up some real emotion with so few bars of music. You can keep the modern Hong Kong.
Back in the good old days when Hong Kong was a British Crown Colony with lots of Brits, civil justice, class, night clubs and gentlemen in white dinner jackets and black bow ties. Give me Gable's romantic city, sadly long vanished. This one was first telecast 4 November 1961, and like the opener of the series, How to Marry a Millionaire, and several others which followed, had been filmed in CinemaScope, at its original 2. Thanks Eva - it's the culmination of several of my interests all rolled into one: history, film and Hong Kong. A great film, buy it. After getting nowhere with the authorities, she is led by some underground characters to an American soldier of fortune working in the area against the Communists. Synopsis The first of two Clark Gable films produced by 20th Century-Fox, casts Gable as an American mercenary, running a successful smuggling operation in and out of Hong Kong.
Hank advises her to give up the foolhardy venture, but she refuses. Retrieved 22 April 2018 — via National Library of Australia. She offered to pull out of the film. Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Hong Kong, three fantastic stars. His wife, Jane Hoyt, arrives in Hong Kong, determined to find him.
Producer yet to book own film. Word reaches Hank in time to save her. The novel was published in October 1954. Along the way, he falls in love with Hayward, which may or may not compromise his dedication to saving. Susan Hayward signed to play the female lead.
There are rumors that Louis Hoyt might be held by the Communist Chinese as spy. His novels and had just been filmed with and Wayne became interested in purchasing the film rights. . Gene Barry has a rather thankless role as Susan's eventually rejected husband, and the supporting cast, including the Asians appearing as various Chinese, are all convincing under Edward Dmytryk's workmanlike direction. She decides to arrange his escape. Gable and Hayward are a pretty good team and Michael Rennie lends his usual elegant support.