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  • Actors: Philip Ahn, Rico Alaniz, Edward Ashley, Trevor Bardette, William Bendix
  • Directors: Josef von Sternberg
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 23 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTREU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,222 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

A traveling night club singer gets hired by an American expatriate who runs a casino in Macao and specializes in converting stolen jewelry into cash. Complications ensue when one of her traveling companions turns out to be a cop.

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Format: DVD
RKO Radio Pictures presents "MACAO" (1952) (81 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard ship on the 45-mile trip from Hong Kong to Macao --- The singer is quickly hired by an American expatriate who runs the biggest casino in Macao and has a thriving business in converting hot jewels into cash --- Her new boss thinks one of her traveling companions is a cop.

The opening of the scenes draws the audience immediately into the action and into a romance between Mitchum and Russell --- The pace is pretty tight in the 81 minute film and besides a tidy plot we are treated to some snappy dialogue including a great closing line (how'd that get by the 1952 censors?) and 3 songs by Miss Russell.

Under the production staff of:
Josef von Sternberg [Director]
Bernard C. Schoenfeld [Screenplay]
Stanley Rubin [Screenplay] (screenplay)
Robert Creighton Williams [Story]
Samuel Bischoff [Executive Producer]
Alex Gottlieb [Producer]
Anthony Collins [Original Music]
Harry J. Wild [Director of Photography]
Samuel E. Beetley [Film Editor]
Robert Golden [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Josef von Sternberg [Director]
Date of Birth: 29 May 1894 - Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Date of Death: 22 December 1969 - Hollywood, California

2. Robert Mitchum
Date of Birth: 6 August 1917 - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Date of Death: 1 July 1997 - Santa Barbara, California

3. Janes Russell (aka: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell)
Date of birth: 21 June 1921 - Bemidji, Minnesota
Date of Death: Still Living

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This begins with a chase scene: a man in a white suit and white hat running, being chased by some thugs and a sinister Chinese guy with a knife. The man stops and looks back, forgetting Satchel Paige's dictum: "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you." They are in fact only dozen yards or so behind. But he starts running again and miraculously they are now further behind! (Typical chase scene camera work resulting in illogic. But never mind.) He ducks around a corner and hides. One of the thugs pauses, turns and sees him, which gives the man in the white suit a chance to knock him off his feet with a swift uppercut. Then he runs off in the direction he had turned. I was thinking how much he would be ahead of everybody by now if he had just kept running.

Chase scene ends with a knife thrown at him landing in the middle of his back. He's a cop from New York. Dead. Somehow this scene reminded me of something from Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

Next scene is much better. Jane Russell as Julie Benson is in a cabin room on a passenger ship with a touristy kind of guy who's dancing, if you can call it that. He wants more than dancing. Julie pushes him away. He won't take no for an answer. She takes off a high heel and throws it at him. He ducks and the high heel flies out the window and hits Robert Mitchum who's playing an adventurer named Nick Cochran who just happened to be walking by. Boy meets girl, cute.

After a fashion he rescues the lady in distress. She's a hard talking, sultry babe with attitude. He wants to continue the party after knocking the masher out, but Julie isn't interested. So he takes her and kisses her. Very manly. She still isn't interested and tells him to beat it.
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Format: VHS Tape
This film is a potpourri of oriental and expatriate American film noir. It's two major stars (Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum) fit like gloves into their roles. Their attraction to each other melts through the screen. There are also outstanding character role performances (and these are the film's other great strengths) by Brad Dexter (nightclub owner, gem smuggler, etc.) Thomas Gomez, Gloria Grahame, and a special mention of William Bendix, who really added a tight performance to the film.
The plot is one of mistaken identities, a worn-out songstress looking for a place to land and rest, a man who can't go home, and a NYC policeman on a job. The center scene of the film is a Macao nightclub run by a shady and dangerous character. Mitchum and Russell captivate this plot with their on-screen presences.
Josef von Sternberg directed this film, but his stern movie set policies offended all, and especially Mitchum who did something about it (in the video, Jane Russell, still dazzling in old-age with shining silver hair) tells us this amusing anecdote. Nicholas Ray finished up the directorial tasks when von Sternberg was booted out, and their two talents form an interesting combination.
Mitchem and Russell had a preceding hit film called "His Kind of Woman." They probably would have been teamed again after "Macao," but Howard Hughes sold the RKO studio.
All in all, Macao belongs in anyone's collection of classic film noir.
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By A Customer on July 23 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of Mitchum's coolest films. It is not a dark noir film like "Out of the Past" but has an atmosphere all it's own. This is pure entertainment with a breezy feel all the way through, much the same as "The Big Steal" with Jane Greer, which is sadly unavailable now. Mitchum ends up in Macao and is mistaken for William Bendix, a cop looking to extradite casino owner Brad Dexter. Gloris Grahame plays the beautiful and abused ingenue tangled up with Dexter and would steal this film were it not for the wonderful chemistry between Mitchum and Jane Russell.
They obviously liked each other and had a lot of fun making this film. Mitchum always had nice things to say about Russell whenever asked about the actresses he had worked with. Both of them had their difficulties with the little dictator and director Joseph von Sternberg and it is probably in spite of his involvement with this film rather than because of it this movie turns out so utterly entertaining.
This film has a glossy sheen and an airy feel, Hollywood escapism at it's very best. The entertaining crime angle, as the easy going Mitchum is mistaken for Bendix, is played out in the exotic locale of Macao, and the burgeoning romance between Mitchum and Russell gives this film just the right flavor. A movie that is great fun to watch. You'll enjoy it a little more every time you watch it. Don't miss this one!
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