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|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|August 1, 1947|
Court-martialed pilot Brad Dunham now flies smuggled goods into post-war China. He insists to contact Ramon Perez that he be paid more money, but the boss of this black-market operation resists, so Brad steals the cargo back.
The boss is beautiful Tamara Baranoff, who agrees to Brad's demand of a 50 percent cut of the operation and fires Ramon as a show of good faith. Meanwhile, an American newspaper reporter, Marc Andrews, a friend of Brad's, shows up in Shanghai to investigate the illegal black-market crimes being perpetrated there.
Brad meets a social worker, Linda Arnold, and their friendship makes Tamara jealous. She insists that Brad do something about the prying reporter and steer clear of that other woman. Tamara's criminal rival tips off Marc that his pal Brad is involved with the crime ring.
Marc is knifed by Tamara's rival just as he is delivering a copy of his story exposing the black market. His dying wish is that Brad deliver the story for him, telling Brad that it was Tamara whose testimony led to Brad's unjust court martial.
Brad distributes her black-market goods to needy citizens. Ramon turns up to ambush Brad, but his gun goes off, killing Tamara instead, and Ramon is placed under arrest. Brad and Linda contemplate a new life together.
- George Raft as Brad Dunham
- June Havoc as Mme. Tamara Baranoff
- Helena Carter as Linda Parker, alias Linda Arnold
- Tom Tully as Marc Andrews
- Marvin Miller as Ramon Perez
The film was the first of two Raft made for his own production company, Star Films with producer Sam Bischoff. The plot was originally meant to involve smuggling blood plasma but this was changed to whisky and cigarettes at the request of Chinese-American organisations. Raft regretted this change.
- Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 129