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Malaya

Released Dec 27, 1949 1h 38m War List
Reviews 44% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, cynical former newspaper correspondent John Royer (James Stewart) devises a scheme with his old editor and government agents to return to the Far East and smuggle out a vast amount of rubber for the war effort. Demanding the freedom and company of his ex-friend, Carnahan (Spencer Tracy), whom he betrayed in an exposé years earlier, Royer sails off into the hands of the Japanese with a motley crew, gold and the promise of covert government aid. Read More Read Less
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Ian Kane Epoch Times Overall, “Malaya” is a highly entertaining adventure tale set during the early days of America’s entry into World War II. Rated: 4/5 Nov 1, 2023 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Unsatisfying pulp-fiction adventurous flag-waver melodrama from WW2. Rated: C+ Nov 7, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B+ Oct 16, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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j f Hella cast. Hella plot. Hella potential. Hella middie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/24/24 Full Review Steve D Intense thriller with strong characters. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Frank Fenton makes interesting script structure choices. The story's based on real accounts to steal rubber to assist the war effort. Excellent cast keeps the excessive talky parts interesting, George Folsey's cinematography is crisp and director Richard Thorpe does nice work on the action scenes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty standard WWII adventure tale set in the Pacific theater, but the excellent cast makes this one rise above it's poor source material. How could you not enjoy Spencer Tracy and James Stewart on screen together, not to mention Sydney Greenstreet. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A minor film in all the actors filmography but still an enjoyable adventure that is made better by their involvement. This was Sydney Greenstreet's last film and his role is a fitting one, neither hero nor villain but filled with chances for him to imbibe it with his customary humor and sly wit, he even gets the final shot in the film which adds a nice touch as a capper to his career. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member based on a true story Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, cynical former newspaper correspondent John Royer (James Stewart) devises a scheme with his old editor and government agents to return to the Far East and smuggle out a vast amount of rubber for the war effort. Demanding the freedom and company of his ex-friend, Carnahan (Spencer Tracy), whom he betrayed in an exposé years earlier, Royer sails off into the hands of the Japanese with a motley crew, gold and the promise of covert government aid.
Director
Richard Thorpe
Producer
Edwin H. Knopf
Screenwriter
Frank Fenton
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 27, 1949, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 22, 2009
Runtime
1h 38m
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