A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.
A group of agents in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the C.I.A.) are sent to France, during World War II, to knock out the French railroad system and, in accomplishing ... See full summary »
Shortly before Pearl Harbor, American opportunist Jones and partner Johnny are in China to sell oil to the invading Japanese army. Cynical about the sufferings of the Chinese, Jones meets compassionate teacher Carolyn Grant while travelling cross-country to Shanghai. Sparks fly between these strong-willed characters, neither budging an inch. But when Jones witnesses a Japanese atrocity, his feelings toward his customers (and Carolyn) begin to change...Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Omaha 5 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Thursday 5 February 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Milwaukee 2 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Pittsburgh 5 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 6 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in San Francisco Sunday 20 September 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Indianapolis 30 September 1959 introduced by actress Frances Farmer on Frances Farmer presents on WFBM (Channel 6), in Toldeo 28 October 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Asheville 23 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and in Chicago 6 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 30 August 2013 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »
I knew a girl like you once. She had an act in a circus. Used to crack a whip and make lions jump through paper hoops.
And you prefer the lipstick sort, huh?
Yes, mostly because I don't like jumping through paper hoops.
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The cast is great, especially William Bendix. I think the movie was made to draw attention to the terrible situation which was going on in China at the time. Thought Bendix is better known as a comic actor in many movies he also can switch to play the serious side. Here there is a soft hearted Bendix and comical Bendix and a serious Bendix as the movie is drawn to a very dark side as the Americans and a load of Chinese students try to out run the Japanese Army.
Ladd always played one role, a tough guy, either the good guy or the bad guy but always the tough guy. From what I have read about his personal life that fit him to a tea. He does not stretch his personality in this movie.
Loretta Young is a little out of her nature. She always seemed more reserved and lady like and does not seem to fit in the darker side of China. But I think it is all this change in what people believed about them, especially Bendix and Young is what really pulled it all together and pulled it off. This is really a great movie. Propaganda? Probably, but it is a great movie.
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