Ben Hecht is listed as producer and scripter of this original by Melville Crossman, which is usually Darryl Zanuck’s nom de plume when screen-scripting.
Plot has George Montgomery, as an American newsreel cameraman in Mandalay, falling in love with an American-educated Chinese girl (Gene Tierney). There are the usual Jap intrigue and paid spies in persons of Lynn Bari and Victor McLaglen, who try to get Montgomery into their clutches to turn over to the Japs.
Only angle for audience attention is the setting of China under Jap rule and bombing prior to Pearl Harbor, with romance of minor interest due to inadequacies of the script and original yarn. Otherwise, it’s regulation stuff that has been re-told many times.
20th Century-Fox. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer
Ben Hecht; Screenplay Ben Hecht; Camera
Lee Garmes; Editor
James B. Clark; Music Hugo Friedhofer
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 98 MIN.