World for Ransom (1954)

81-82 mins | Drama | 31 January 1954

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writer:

Lindsay Hardy

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Michael Luciano

Production Designer:

William Glasgow

Production Companies:

Plaza Productions, Allied Artists Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A HR production chart lists Danny Hall as the film's art director, although only William Glasgow [whose surname is misspelled as "Glascow"] is credited onscreen. World for Ransom was a variation on Dan Duryea's early 1950's television series China Smith , which was set in Shanghai. Both producer Bernard Tabakin and director Robert Aldrich also worked on that series. A modern source states that the film was shot in nine days on a $120,000 budget. ... More Less

A HR production chart lists Danny Hall as the film's art director, although only William Glasgow [whose surname is misspelled as "Glascow"] is credited onscreen. World for Ransom was a variation on Dan Duryea's early 1950's television series China Smith , which was set in Shanghai. Both producer Bernard Tabakin and director Robert Aldrich also worked on that series. A modern source states that the film was shot in nine days on a $120,000 budget.


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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Feb 1954.
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Daily Variety
27 Jan 54
p. 4.
Film Daily
29 Jan 54
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1953
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 54
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
7 Oct 1985.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Feb 54
pp. 2182-83.
New York Times
5 Jun 54
p. 11.
Variety
3 Feb 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc to the prods
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech supv
Set cont
SOURCES
SONGS
"Too Soon," music and lyrics by Walter Samuels.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 January 1954
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 January 1954
Production Date:
began mid Aprilil 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1954
Copyright Number:
LP3238
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ryder Sound Services, Inc.
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81-82
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16556
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Singapore, adventurer Mike Callahan is accused by racketeer Johnny Chan of being a member of a group, comprised of Mike’s former business partner Julian March, Alexis Pederas and a man named Guzik, that has taken over a jungle village formerly controlled by Chan. Mike tells Chan that he knows nothing about their activities but offers to investigate. Mike then visits March, whose wife Frennessey was previously Mike’s girl friend, but March refuses to discuss his activities. Pederas, meanwhile, is organizing the kidnapping of a prominent nuclear scientist, Sean O’Conner, one of only four men in the world who knows how to detonate an H-bomb. March’s role is to impersonate the British intelligence officer, Maj. Ian Bone, assigned to meet O’Conner at the airport. After meeting March, however, O’Conner becomes suspicious and attempts to get out of the car March and he are traveling in just as a photographer, Lee Wong, takes a picture of them. After O'Conner's kidnapping is discovered, Bone meets with Gov. Sir Charles Coutis and police Inspector McCollum to discuss strategies. Wong passes a print of the photo to his friend Mike who shows it to Frennessey and tells her that March is in trouble. Frennessey then confesses to Mike that she still loves him, but wants him to find March and help him. Pederas is concerned about the existence of the photograph and orders Guzik to kill Wong with a letter opener taken from March’s desk. McCollum assumes that both Mike and March were involved in O’Conner’s abduction and arrests Mike, also charging him with Wong’s murder. McCollum permits Mike to escape, however, in the belief that Mike will lead him to where O’Conner ... +


In Singapore, adventurer Mike Callahan is accused by racketeer Johnny Chan of being a member of a group, comprised of Mike’s former business partner Julian March, Alexis Pederas and a man named Guzik, that has taken over a jungle village formerly controlled by Chan. Mike tells Chan that he knows nothing about their activities but offers to investigate. Mike then visits March, whose wife Frennessey was previously Mike’s girl friend, but March refuses to discuss his activities. Pederas, meanwhile, is organizing the kidnapping of a prominent nuclear scientist, Sean O’Conner, one of only four men in the world who knows how to detonate an H-bomb. March’s role is to impersonate the British intelligence officer, Maj. Ian Bone, assigned to meet O’Conner at the airport. After meeting March, however, O’Conner becomes suspicious and attempts to get out of the car March and he are traveling in just as a photographer, Lee Wong, takes a picture of them. After O'Conner's kidnapping is discovered, Bone meets with Gov. Sir Charles Coutis and police Inspector McCollum to discuss strategies. Wong passes a print of the photo to his friend Mike who shows it to Frennessey and tells her that March is in trouble. Frennessey then confesses to Mike that she still loves him, but wants him to find March and help him. Pederas is concerned about the existence of the photograph and orders Guzik to kill Wong with a letter opener taken from March’s desk. McCollum assumes that both Mike and March were involved in O’Conner’s abduction and arrests Mike, also charging him with Wong’s murder. McCollum permits Mike to escape, however, in the belief that Mike will lead him to where O’Conner is being held. Mike evades the pursuing police by posing as a Chinese rickshaw driver and makes his way to Chan’s apartment where, at gunpoint, he demands the location of the village in which O'Conner is being detained. Later, Sir Charles is dismayed when he learns that McCollum’s plan has failed, although Bone insists that Mike would never commit treason or murder. Their meeting is interrupted by the arrival of Pederas, who informs the governor that he has O’Conner and will sell him to the highest bidder – the West or the Communists. Pederas demands five million dollars in gold to be delivered to him at a Tangiers bank, then states that ten days after receiving the gold, he will release O’Conner alive and well. Pederas gives the officials twenty-four hours to agree to his terms. Meanwhile, Mike is planning his journey to the village to rescue O'Conner. After Bone discovers Mike's whereabouts, he decides to follow him and, unknown to Mike, Bone clears his way through several military roadblocks. Near a signpost to the village, with Bone only moments behind him, Mike abandons his vehicle and begins to walk into the jungle, but hears Bone talking on his radio and surprises him at gunpoint. They decide to join forces and proceed to the village where they quietly disable several guards until Bone is shot and the alarm is raised. An activated grenade in both hands, Mike bursts into the building in which March and Guzik are guarding O’Conner and threatens to drop the grenades if they fail to hand over O’Conner. When Mike also demands to know who killed Wong, March incriminates Guzik. March fears that the fanatical Guzik will kill O’Conner, so he shoots Guzik and the others then points his gun at Mike, claiming that he will be regarded as a hero for having saved the scientist. Just as an army patrol enters the village, Mike throws the grenades at March then escapes after making certain that O’Conner is still alive. Later, when Mike returns to Singapore, Frennessey tells him that she lied about still loving him and that after he left her in Shanghai, she drifted into prostitution, but was rescued by March, whom she really loves. After Mike tells her that he had to kill March in self-defense, Frennessey becomes hysterical and slaps Mike several times until he walks out. +

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