Macao

Macao

DVD - 2007
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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. When one of her traveling companions turns out to be a cop, complications ensue.
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Me_Tarzan
Jan 15, 2018

Believe me - 1952's "Macao" (a cliched and predictably routine "boy-meets-girl" crime-drama set in China) was the sort of film where you'd swear that all of the main actors had, literally, phoned their performances in. It's true.

I found that this was especially so of Macao's 2 super-sexy leads, Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. I mean - The truth is - These 2 hot lookers just weren't right for this picture, at all. No way, Jose.

As I understand it - Part of the answer to all of these "phone-in" performances came down the tyrannical rule on the set by director, Josef Von Sternberg. Apparently he and Mitchum were in constant conflict with one another throughout Macao's entire shooting.

*Note* - Be sure to watch the bonus extra on this disc of TCM host, Robert Osborne interviewing Mitchum in 1996. Mitchum was 78 at the time and you would never recognize him, ever. He died the following year.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 13, 2015

Interesting 1952 film noire set in the former Portuguese colony in China. Robert Mitchum and William Bendix are excellent - and Jane Russell too and is fabulously beautiful (never really caught on to her before).

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