Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell directed by Josef von Sternberg.
In common with many superb films of this decade and preceding decades, there is no location shooting whatsoever. All of the sets are created on the back lot and the mind's eye is led to the setting of the movie by establishing shots from stock footage. We are treated to a several minutes footage of Macao in the 1950s under the opening credits.
Like many vehicles for Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich the leading lady in the shape of Jane Russell plays a nightclub singer, which will allows the movie to put in a few song and dance numbers to show off their star to best advantage.
The plot is well organised and the direction of the movie is never fully evident which retains a high level of drama.
00:19:16 This is a Short Snorter. It is a banknote which the holder has had his companions or comrades sign in order to mark a specific occasion or passage. The tradition seems to have started in World War II. Robert Mitchum had his wallet stolen as he was preparing to go ashore. The hotel porter has been given the banknote as a tip and Mitchum now realises that it was Jane Russel who lifted his wallet while onboard the ship.
Gowns by Michael Woulfe.
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