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Macao [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Mitchum , Josef Von Sternberg , Nicholas Ray    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum
  • Directors: Josef Von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macao 30 July 2012
By ian
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this film when I was 18 years old. It was the second feature of a double bill, the main film of which, I have no recollection. Some 50 years later, I still recall the dialogue and banter between Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum that entertained me originally. I bought this DVD version because I thought it would be a good memento of both stars acting styles. I had no idea that it had started as a Josef Von Sternberg directed production, so that gave it another intriguing aspect.
On viewing, I was entertained again, as I had been when I first watched it. It did not disappoint as old films can sometimes do, due to them belonging too firmly in the time of their making and appearing dated.
Having read of the trouble that evolved during Von Sternberg's direction, and his replacement by Nicholas Ray, it seemed that the ending was brought about somewhat abruptly, making it not completely satisfying. This may not be the case, but it was the impression I gained.
The bonuses to this DVD is the interview featuring Jane and Robert, and the Commentary. A warm insight into their characters and personalities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macao 8 May 2012
By John
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great DVD Jane Russell is superb in this film a must for Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum fans. All Jane Russell's films are great but this is one of her best.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
This begins with a chase scene: a man in a white suit and white hat running, being chased by some thugs and a sinister Chinese guy with a knife. The man stops and looks back, forgetting Satchel Paige's dictum: "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you." They are in fact only dozen yards or so behind. But he starts running again and miraculously they are now further behind! (Typical chase scene camera work resulting in illogic. But never mind.) He ducks around a corner and hides. One of the thugs pauses, turns and sees him, which gives the man in the white suit a chance to knock him off his feet with a swift uppercut. Then he runs off in the direction he had turned. I was thinking how much he would be ahead of everybody by now if he had just kept running.

Chase scene ends with a knife thrown at him landing in the middle of his back. He's a cop from New York. Dead. Somehow this scene reminded me of something from Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

Next scene is much better. Jane Russell as Julie Benson is in a cabin room on a passenger ship with a touristy kind of guy who's dancing, if you can call it that. He wants more than dancing. Julie pushes him away. He won't take no for an answer. She takes off a high heel and throws it at him. He ducks and the high heel flies out the window and hits Robert Mitchum who's playing an adventurer named Nick Cochran who just happened to be walking by. Boy meets girl, cute.

After a fashion he rescues the lady in distress. She's a hard talking, sultry babe with attitude. He wants to continue the party after knocking the masher out, but Julie isn't interested. So he takes her and kisses her. Very manly. She still isn't interested and tells him to beat it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
RKO Radio Pictures presents "MACAO" (1952) (81 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- A sultry night club singer, a man who has also traveled to many exotic ports and a salesman meet aboard ship on the 45-mile trip from Hong Kong to Macao --- The singer is quickly hired by an American expatriate who runs the biggest casino in Macao and has a thriving business in converting hot jewels into cash --- Her new boss thinks one of her traveling companions is a cop.

The opening of the scenes draws the audience immediately into the action and into a romance between Mitchum and Russell --- The pace is pretty tight in the 81 minute film and besides a tidy plot we are treated to some snappy dialogue including a great closing line (how'd that get by the 1952 censors?) and 3 songs by Miss Russell.

Under the production staff of:
Josef von Sternberg [Director]
Bernard C. Schoenfeld [Screenplay]
Stanley Rubin [Screenplay] (screenplay)
Robert Creighton Williams [Story]
Samuel Bischoff [Executive Producer]
Alex Gottlieb [Producer]
Anthony Collins [Original Music]
Harry J. Wild [Director of Photography]
Samuel E. Beetley [Film Editor]
Robert Golden [Film Editor]

1. Josef von Sternberg [Director]
Date of Birth: 29 May 1894 - Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Date of Death: 22 December 1969 - Hollywood, California

2. Robert Mitchum
Date of Birth: 6 August 1917 - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Date of Death: 1 July 1997 - Santa Barbara, California

3. Janes Russell (aka: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell)
Date of birth: 21 June 1921 - Bemidji, Minnesota
Date of Death: Still Living

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