Saigon (1948 film)

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Directed by Leslie Fenton
Produced by P.J. Wolfson
Written by Julian Zimet
Arthur Sheekman
P.J. Wolfson
Starring Alan Ladd
Veronica Lake
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by William Shea
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
March 31, 1948
(United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Saigon is a 1948 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in their fourth and final film together. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was one of the last films Veronica Lake made under her contract with the studio.


World War II has ended and Major Larry Briggs finds out that his friend Mike has only a short time to live but doesn't know yet. Determined to show Mike a good time before he dies, Larry takes a flying job working for a profiteer, Maris. Everything is set until Maris' secretary Susan Cleaver gets shoved on board. Mike falls for Susan and Larry convinces her to play along. Susan, however, has fallen for Larry.



Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake made four films together; This Gun for Hire and The Glass Key both in 1942, The Blue Dahlia in 1946 and Saigon. While Gun, Key and Dahlia all proved to be big box office successes, Saigon did not do as well financially. Ladd continued to remain one of Paramount's top male stars, while Lake's career was in decline. By the end of 1948 her contract with Paramount had expired and the studio chose not to renew it.

The film was one of a series of globe-trotting adventure tales Ladd made, starting with Two Years Before the Mast and Calcutta.[1]

Filming was meant to start in October 1946 but shooting was pushed back while Ladd had to complete Wild Harvest.[2][3]

Paramount had previously announced a film called Saigon to be made about the Japanese occupation of China but decided not to make it and used it for this story instead. James Henagan and John Leman worked on the script.[4]


The Los Angeles Times called the film "long on atmosphere and short on logic."[5]

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Mess jacket (civil)


  1. ^ 'Saigon' New Adventure Subject for Alan Ladd Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Oct 1946: A2.
  2. ^ PARAMOUNT NAMES LAKE, LADD TO FILM: Studio Will Co-Star Team in 'Saigon,' Adventure Story-- Fenton to Be Director Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 29 Oct 1946: 42.
  3. ^ Nebenzal, Film Producer, Pays $150,000 For World Rights to 'Madame Butterfly': Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 24 Oct 1946: 44.
  4. ^ ANNABELLA NAMED FOR FOX FILM LEAD: She Will Be Seen in 'Night the World Shook'--Jeanne Crain to Star in 'Party Line' Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 02 Sep 1946: 12.
  5. ^ 'SAIGON' MELODRAMATIC FARE Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Mar 1948: 17.

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