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Flight to Hong Kong(1956)

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Flight to Hong Kong (1956)

Not only does the globe-trotting Flight to Hong Kong (1956) spend some quality time in the internationally famous title city but it also features stopovers in San Francisco, Honolulu, Tangiers and Macao. Rory Calhoun stars as Tony Dumont, a jewel-smuggling mobster who is torn between two women and two ways of life. A novelist with whom he's involved (Barbara Rush) wants him to maintain his shady career since it provides background material for the book she's writing. His girlfriend (Dolores Donlon) wants him to go straight - before the Mob closes in on him.

This United Artists production was typical fare for Calhoun (1922-1999), a handsome leading man who specialized in Westerns and action dramas. A survivor of three years in a federal reformatory for car theft as a youth, he was discovered by Alan Ladd and enjoyed a movie career that lasted half a century.

Barbara Rush, winner of a Golden Globe as a "Most Promising Newcomer" of 1954, is an underrated actress who never quite had the career she deserved despite excellent performances in such films as Bigger Than Life (1956), Strangers When We Meet (1960) and Hombre (1967). She still remains active in television and stage work today; her most recent appearance was in the TV series, 7th Heaven.

Featured in a supporting role in Flight to Hong Kong is Werner Klemperer (1920-2000), who would become famous a decade later as the bumbling Colonel Wilhelm Klink in TV's Hogan's Heroes.

Producer/Director: Joseph M. Newman
Screenplay: Leo Townsend, Edward G. O'Callaghan, Gustave Field (story), Joseph M. Newman (story)
Art Direction: Serge Krizman
Cinematography: Ellis W. Carter
Costume Design: Fay Moore, Tommy Thompson
Editing: Ralph Dawson
Original Music: Monty Kelly
Principal Cast: Rory Calhoun (Tony Dumont), Barbara Rush (Pamela Vincent), Dolores Donlon (Jean Blake), Soo Yong (Mama Lin), Pat Conway (Nicco), Werner Klemperer (Bendesh), Rhodes Reason (Bob Denham), Mel Welles (Boris), Timothy Carey (Lagarto).

by Roger Fristoe

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