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Singapore (1947)

After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to recuperate his hidden stash of pearls and to search for his sweetheart who disappeared during a Japanese attack in 1942.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (story), Seton I. Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Matt Gordon
Ava Gardner ... Linda Grahame / Ann Van Leyden
Roland Culver ... Michael Van Leyden
Richard Haydn ... Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Bellows
Thomas Gomez ... Mr. Mauribus
Porter Hall ... Mr. Gerald Bellows
George Lloyd George Lloyd ... Sascha Barda
Maylia ... Ming Ling
Holmes Herbert ... Rev. Thomas Barnes
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Edith Barnes
Frederick Worlock ... Cadum
Lal Chand Mehra ... Mr. Hussein
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Pepe
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Storyline

After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance during the Japanese attack. But now Linda resurfaces...with amnesia and married to rich planter Van Leyden. Meanwhile, sinister fence Mauribus schemes to get Matt's pearls. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Singapur See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 3, 1947 with Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner reprising their film roles See more »

Quotes

Matt Gordon: You know, Hewitt, I'm sorry I'm leaving so soon. I'm just beginning to like you.
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Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

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Contrived, but holds your interest
1 June 2003 | by jxm4687See all my reviews

Director John Brahm manages to hold this poor-man's "Casablanca" together. The picture moves at a good clip and Brahm makes the studio-set Singapore visually interesting. There's help too from stars Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner as lovers whose lives are complicated by World War II and Gardner's amnesia when MacMurray, who thought her dead, finds her again in postwar Singapore, married to a wealthy planter. MacMurray and Gardner are really a goofy romantic team, but MacMurray has his appealing casual charm, and Gardner's vague, unfocused acting works well in some of her amnesiac scenes (plus she was at her most beautiful in the late 1940's). Supporting turns by pros like Richard Haydn and Spring Byington are also a plus. Overall, contrived and derivative, but it looks like a classic compared to the depressing Errol Flynn 1957 remake, "Istanbul."


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