Review: ‘They Met in Bombay’

This is an actionful adventure yarn [based on a story by John Kafka] unfolded in a Far East setting.

This is an actionful adventure yarn [based on a story by John Kafka] unfolded in a Far East setting.

Story picks up Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell in Bombay, both bent on lifting a famous jewel during Empire Day celebration. Pair meet, Gable tabs girl’s purpose immediately, and then proceeds to let her grab the gem so he can conveniently take it from her after the theft. But his scheming is discovered by Russell, and pair take it on the lam in front of Scotland Yard pursuers, grabbing a tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong.

Logic prevails in the early eppisodes which present much rapid-fire and sparkling by-play between Gable and Russell. But when the pair reach Hong Kong, story strays through fields of corn in an attempt to reform the pair.

Gable is swaggering, resourceful and adventurous to the danger point – and capably gets over these phases of the character. Russell is fine in the early section, but drops into a groove in the second half. Clarence Brown directs at a consistent pace, and manages to hold attention throughout.

They Met in Bombay

Production

M-G-M. Director Clarence Brown; Producer Hunt Stromberg; Screenplay Edwin Justus Mayer, Anita Loos, Leon Gordon; Camera William Daniels; Editor Blanche Sewell; Music Herbert Stothart

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Clark Gable Rosalind Russell Peter Lorre Reginald Owen Matthew Boulton Jessie Ralph
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