Macao (RKO 1952, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell)

Macao Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell

“Adventure! . . . Intrigue! . . . In the mysterious Orient!”So rang the tagline for Macao. Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell star in a story about an ex-G.I. on the lam, a sassy singer, and a New York detective (William Bendix) chasing the head of a gambling ring. Russell is hired to sing in a nightclub owned by mobster Dexter, much to the consternation of Gloria Grahame, playing (once again) the gangster’s moll.

Meanwhile Mitchum is mistaken for the cop and things turn nasty. Original director Josef Von Sternberg’s atmospheric touches are in evidence, especially in a waterfront chase through fishing nets, however Nicholas Ray shot additional scenes after troublesome preview screenings, and von Sternberg eventually disowned the film.

The scene where Jane Russell throws an electric fan at Robert Mitchum was scripted by Mitchum at the request of Russell and replacement director Nicholas Ray.

Macao Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame

Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame.

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Gloria Grahame, Thomas Gomez

Directors: Josef Von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray
Producer: Alex Gottlieb
Director of Photography: Harry Wild
Editors: Samuel E. Beetley, Robert Golden
Composer: Anthony Collins
Screenwriters: Stanley Rubin, Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Production Designer: Ralph Berger
Art Director: Albert S. D’Agostino

USA / RKO / 80 minutes / 1952

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