Soldier of Fortune (1955 film)
|Soldier of Fortune|
|Directed by||Edward Dmytryk|
|Produced by||Buddy Adler|
|Written by||Ernest K. Gann|
|Music by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$2,750,000 (US rentals)|
Soldier of Fortune is a 1955 adventure film about the rescue of an American prisoner in the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. It was directed by Edward Dmytryk, starred Clark Gable and Susan Hayward, and was written by Ernest K. Gann based on his 1954 novel.
Jane Hoyt (Susan Hayward) arrives in Hong Kong, looking for her husband, thrill-seeking photojournalist Louis Hoyt (Gene Barry). She attracts the eye of shady shipping magnate Hank Lee (Clark Gable). With his help, she learns that Louis entered Communist China and was imprisoned as a suspected spy.
She decides to arrange his escape. Hank advises her to give up the foolhardy venture, but she refuses. She foolishly meets Fernand Rocha (Mel Welles) alone and gives him a $500 deposit to set up a rescue, but he merely gambles the money away and locks her up for his lecherous purposes. Fortunately, word reaches Hank in time to save her.
Having fallen in love with Jane and realizing that she will not let herself get involved with him while her husband's fate remains uncertain, Hank decides to rescue the man himself. Hong Kong Marine Police Inspector Merryweather (Michael Rennie), inspecting Hank's junk when Hank decides to make his attempt, gets shanghaied into helping rescue the husband.
Hoyt is freed. Merryweather is forced to help Lee fight off a Chinese gunboat sent in pursuit. When they return safely to Hong Kong, Hoyt graciously bows out of his wife's life.
- Clark Gable as Hank Lee
- Susan Hayward as Jane Hoyt
- Michael Rennie as Inspector Merryweather
- Gene Barry as Louis Hoyt
- Alexander D'Arcy as Rene Dupont Chevalier (as Alex D'Arcy)
- Tom Tully as Tweedie, owner of Tweedie's Bar
- Anna Sten as Madame Dupree
- Russell Collins as Icky, piano player
- Leo Gordon as Big Matt
- Richard Loo as General Po Lin, an impoverished exile who offers to guide Jane to Macao to see Rocha, but is taken off the ferry by the Communists
- Soo Yong as Dak Lai
- Frank Tang as Capt. Ying Fai
- Jack Kruschen as Austin Stoker, Lee's assistant
- Mel Welles as Fernand Rocha
The film was set mostly in Hong Kong and was filmed on location there, but Hayward could not leave the United States because of a battle in divorce court, and scenes featuring her were filmed in Hollywood. In a few brief outdoor scenes shot at Hong Kong landmarks, a Hayward double with her back to the camera was shown with Gable.
- Soldier of Fortune on IMDb
- Soldier of Fortune at the TCM Movie Database
- Hong Kong filming locations for Soldier of Fortune
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