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They Met in Bombay
     

They Met in Bombay

Director: Clarence Brown, Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre

Cast: Clarence Brown, Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre

 

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They Met in Bombay is a typical MGM star vehicle, in which the leading players are called upon to carry a pencil-thin plotline on the force of sheer personality. Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell play Gerald Meldrick and Anya Von Duren, a pair of rival jewel thieves at large in India. Both parties are after the same prize, a priceless diamond owned by the

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They Met in Bombay is a typical MGM star vehicle, in which the leading players are called upon to carry a pencil-thin plotline on the force of sheer personality. Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell play Gerald Meldrick and Anya Von Duren, a pair of rival jewel thieves at large in India. Both parties are after the same prize, a priceless diamond owned by the Duchess of Beltravers (Jessie Ralph). To inveigle their way into the Duchess' confidence, Gerald poses as a Scotland Yard detective, while Anya pretends to be an aristocrat. After several reels of cross-purposes, hero and heroine decide to team up, keeping one step ahead of a diligent police inspector (Matthew Boulton) and mercenary freighter captain Chang (Peter Lorre). Both Gerald and Anya betray the nobler sides of their natures in the final reels, participating in a pitched battle against invading Japanese military forces.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
They Met in Bombay is not one of the better "rival thieves" films, but it does have the unique pairing of Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell going for it. The stars do indeed shine; the script, at best, merely twinkles. The biggest problem is that Bombaydoesn't really know what kind of a film it wants to be. A romance? A comedy? A thriller? An espionage flick? A piece of wartime propaganda? By trying to be all of these, it ends up falling apart long before it reaches the home stretch. Some of the dialogue is witty (and some is not), and there are some nice character touches, such as having a Duchess who's a bit rougher than expected. But this just makes the viewer wish that the creators had taken a firm stand on the direction in which the picture was headed and steered a clear course, rather than dithering back and forth. Still, with Gable and Russell on hand, there's only so far off course a film can go, no matter how hard it tries. So the story doesn't really make sense. These two don't mind, and they try their hardest to make sure the viewer doesn't either. If you're in the mood for some star-gazing, sit back and enjoy -- and try to ignore the story that keeps buzzing around and getting in the way.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0883316222232
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
14,228

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Performance Credits
Clark Gable Gerald Meldrick
Rosalind Russell Anya Von Duren
Peter Lorre Capt. Chang
Reginald Owen The General
Matthew Boulton Inspector Cressney
Jessie Ralph Duchess of Beltravers
Luis Alberni Maitre d'hotel
Rosina Galli Carmencita
Jay Novello Bolo
Philip Ahn Actor
Stephen Chase Actor
David Clyde Actor
Harry Cording Corporal
Chester Gan Woo Ling Woo
Roland Got Young Foo Sing
Lilyan Irene Duchess' Maid
Cornelius Keefe Officer
James B. Leong Third Mate
Eric Lonsdale Actor
Richard Loo Japanese Officer
Keye Luke Mr. Toy
David Thursby Sergeant
Nanette Vallon Beauty Operator
Leslie Vincent Lt. Ashley
Judith Wood Nurse
Lee Tung Foo Elder Foo Sing
Alan Ladd British Soldier
Miles Mander Actor
Eduardo Ciannelli Hotel Manager

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Leon Gordon Screenwriter
John H. Kafka Original Story
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Edwin Justus Mayer Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Blanche Sewell Editor
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Hunt Stromberg Producer

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