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Manila Calling (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 October 1942 (USA)
During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, a few Americans and a Filipino guerrilla unit seize a Japanese jungle base and use the radio transmitter to broadcast anti-Japanese propaganda, prompting retaliatory Japanese attacks.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writer:

John Francis Larkin (story and screenplay) (as John Larkin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Lucky Matthews
Carole Landis ... Edna Fraser
Cornel Wilde ... Jeff Bailey
James Gleason ... Tim O'Rourke
Martin Kosleck ... Heller
Ralph Byrd ... Corbett
Charles Tannen ... Fillmore
Ted North ... Walter Jamison
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Gillman
Harold Huber ... Santoro
Lester Matthews ... Wayne Ralston
Louis Jean Heydt ... Harold Watson
Victor Sen Yung ... Armando
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Storyline

When the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of Filipino Scouts (Moros) and make their way to the coast. The party, radio technician Jeff Bailey (Cornel Wilde) and communications men Lucky Matthews (Lloyd Nolan) and Tom O'Rourke (James Gleason), finds an advance Japanese unit on the plantation of an old friend and, working with the Moros as a guerilla unit, attack and seize the site from the Japanese in order to use the radio transmitter. Solidifying themselves in the stronghold they discover there is no food or water and it is surrounded by the Japanese. A night club singer, Edna Fraser (Carole Landis), escaping from the Japanese, gets into the plantation. Jeff is working to fix their radio set, hoping to send a message of hope and courage to the conquered and enslaved Filipinos of the district, and the Japanese, aware of this possibility, are ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Out Of The Battlegrounds Of Bataan And Corregidor Rose the Might Of A New Army! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling Manila See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cyril Mockridge's main theme music would resurface in a slightly different arrangement in 1951's "American Guerrilla in the Philippines." See more »

Goofs

During the final bombing scene, Nolan puts his propaganda script on the desk, then dives under it for protection. But the next cut-away shows him crawling out from under the desk and the script is still in his hand. See more »

Crazy Credits

[Foreword] When Manila, Bataan and Corregidor fell, the Japanese warlords claimed the Philippines as a conquest. But the spirit of free men will never surrender there. Americans and Filipinos who evaded capture are carrying on the fight - guerilla (sic) warriors, they live and sleep with death - hiding in the jungles - hunted, homeless and hungry - they keep ablaze the great beacon of freedom. See more »

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Referenced in The Street with No Name (1948) See more »

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7 August 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

It's great when a good picture shows up when you weren't expecting one - and this was a good picture. Can't tell if it was a strong 'B' or a weak 'A', but it was worth the 80 minutes I spent on it. It is a jingoistic, patriotic, support-the-troops World War II film that is thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of action throughout, and with lots of dead (as I lose myself in the heat of the moment) Japs, and with good jobs all around in the acting department. Stalwart Lloyd Nolan is the star of the picture, but when Carole Landis is on screen it's hard to take your eyes off her.

Nolan leads a group of civilian engineers in the Phillipines trying to string wire prior to the arrival of Japanese forces. They wrest a ranch/farm from a garrison of Japanese soldiers as a base of operations and Landis arrives with another civilian purported to be her boyfriend - or maybe not. From there on things don't go well for the Americans, among them James Gleason as a caricature of an Irishman and Cornel Wilde as an assistant engineer.

There are several good firefights and a rousing speech on the short wave by Nolan, and I gave the whole production a rating of 7. It was at least that good. This film is not available in any format and I bought a print from one of the many fly-by-night film copiers found in magazines and newspapers.


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