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The lives of a nightclub singer, a former soldier, and an undercover cop are intertwined as they make the trip by boat from Hong Kong to Macao.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 23-JAN-2007
Media Type: DVD
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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]
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
MACAO is a fairly entertaining story of crime and adventure in the Portuguese colony near Hong Kong after World War II. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003 by Patrick Doherty
I admit I am a huge Robert Mitchum fan and have very little to say bad about him but being as objective as possible this is one of the coolest movies ever made. Read morePublished on April 28 2001 by mirrortime
Being that Robert Mitchum is my favorite actor it is difficult for me to say anything negative about the films he appears in. This isn't a bad film, just a little murky. Read morePublished on June 6 1999 by Eric Evans(EricRover5@aol.com)
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