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Singapore (Universal 1947, Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner)



John Brahm (Rio, The Lodger) directs noir drama Singapore, about Matt Gordon (Fred MacMurray), a WWII veteran who returns to Singapore after the war to resume his smuggling business. In flashbacks, we learn that what drove Matt to smuggling was the apparent death of his wife Linda (Ava Gardner) during a Japanese attack on their wedding night.

Matt ultimately finds that his wife has, in fact, survived, suffers from amnesia and has married a wealthy plantation owner (Roland Culver). Meanwhile, while Matt tries to woo his lost love, he’s pressured by thugs to turn over a fortune in smuggled goods.

German-born director Brahm turned to a successful career in television, directing episodes for such series as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

production details
USA | Universal | 79 minutes | 1947
Director: John Brahm
Script: Robert Thoeren, Seton I. Miller,

Fred MacMurray as Matt Gordon
Ava Gardner as Linda Grahame / Ann Van Leyden
Porter Hall as Mr. Gerald Bellows
Roland Culver as Michael Van Leyden
Edith Evanson as Mrs. Edith Barnes
Frederick Worlock as Cadum
Richard Haydn as Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
Spring Byington as Mrs. Bellows
Thomas Gomez as Mr. Mauribus
George Lloyd as Sascha Barda
Maylia as Ming Ling
Holmes Herbert as Rev. Thomas Barnes
Lal Chand Mehra as Mr. Hussein
Curt Conway as Pepe
Philip Ahn as Jimmy – Bartender (uncredited)