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Kay Murdock (Lynn Bari) strolls into the Dixie Bar in Shanghai on November 1, 1941 and asks the bartender for a letter addressed to Captain Larsen, and is referred to Roy Bonnell (Preston Foster), the manager of this combination bar and gambling house. He refuses to turn the letter over to her and she steals it. Bonnell later recovers the letter which contains a coded note. Kay reveals she is an agent of the British Secret Service. Bonnell, a fugitive from American justice, says he will turn over the note to the highest bidder. When he approaches the Japanese, they seize him but he escapes, after learing that the note was part of an alarm for Japanese fifth columnists everywhere after the attack on Pearl Harbor that has just been set in motion.Written by
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THe movie went into production the night of 8 December 1941, one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 20th Century-Fox head Darryl Zanuck wanted his studio to be the first to deal with the Japanese sneak attack on film. Within a matter of weeks, the film was in theaters where it became a box office smash, much to the dismay of critics. See more »
A Deadly Secret in Shanghai
This film takes place just prior the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor with a beautiful woman named "Kate Murdoch" (Lynn Bari) casually walking into a place called "the Dixie Bar" in Shanghai. Her interest appears to be in purchasing some jade from a man named "Captain Larsen" (Ian Wolfe) but it becomes quite clear that there is something unusual about this transaction due to the amount of interest being shown by certain other shady characters within the bar. To make matters even more complicated a Japanese gambler by the name of "Saito" (Noel Madison) wants to purchase the bar even though the owner, "Roy Bonnell" (Preston Foster) has no interest in selling it. What Roy doesn't realize is the methods Saito is prepared to utilize in order to get what he wants. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a nifty little spy drama which the producer (Darryl Zanuck) managed to rush into production quickly after Pearl Harbor to maximize potential interest. Although the cast isn't that great both Lynn Bari and Preston Foster manage to make the most of out of their characters to enhance what otherwise would have been a routine grade-B film. Slightly above average.
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