Intrigue (1947)

88 or 90 mins | Drama | December 1947

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Producer:

Samuel Bischoff

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Production Designer:

Arthur Lonergan

Production Company:

Star Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although Intrigue was billed as the first of three Samuel Bischoff-George Raft films to be produced by Star Films, Inc., no other films were made by that company. George Raft and June Havoc reprised their roles in a 10 May 1948 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

Although Intrigue was billed as the first of three Samuel Bischoff-George Raft films to be produced by Star Films, Inc., no other films were made by that company. George Raft and June Havoc reprised their roles in a 10 May 1948 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Jan 1948.
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Film Daily
23 Dec 47
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 47
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 47
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 48
p. 6, 10
Independent Film Journal
10 May 47
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Dec 1947.
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New York Times
24 Apr 48
p. 11.
Variety
24 Dec 47
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech adv
Flying seq
SOURCES
SONGS
"Intrigue," words and music by Harry Akst and Samuel Lerner.
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1947
Production Date:
28 April--mid June 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Star Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1306
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88 or 90
Length(in feet):
8,093
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12578
SYNOPSIS

After his airplane is nearly shot down while he is smuggling goods into postwar China, pilot Brad Dunham tells contact man Ramon Perez that he wants more money for his efforts. Brad then returns to his Shanghai hotel, where he discovers that his roommate and friend, Steve Ellis, has hanged himself. In his suicide note, Steve mentions the disgraced flying squadron of which he and Brad were once members and reminds Brad that he is now the "last one." Depressed and embittered, Brad goes to drink at the hotel's bar, then learns from the surly Ramon that their "boss" has refused to pay him more money. With the help of rickshaw driver Lui Chen, Brad tracks down the truckload of cargo he smuggled for Ramon and boldly steals it. When Ramon later demands to know where Brad put the "large package," Brad insists that Ramon take him to "the boss." Brad is surprised to discover that "the boss" is a beautiful Russian woman named Tamara Baranoff. Brad offers to reveal the cargo's whereabouts in exchange for a fifty percent cut of the profits and a partnership in Tamara's black market operation. Attracted to the tough Brad, Tamara agrees to make him a partner and fires Ramon as proof of her commitment. Later, at his hotel, Brad runs into his old friend, reporter Mark Andrews. After Brad invites Mark to room with him, Mark proclaims his faith in Brad, who along with Steve and two other men was court-martialed by the Army three years before. To Brad's dismay, Mark then reveals that he is working on a story about the Shanghai black ... +


After his airplane is nearly shot down while he is smuggling goods into postwar China, pilot Brad Dunham tells contact man Ramon Perez that he wants more money for his efforts. Brad then returns to his Shanghai hotel, where he discovers that his roommate and friend, Steve Ellis, has hanged himself. In his suicide note, Steve mentions the disgraced flying squadron of which he and Brad were once members and reminds Brad that he is now the "last one." Depressed and embittered, Brad goes to drink at the hotel's bar, then learns from the surly Ramon that their "boss" has refused to pay him more money. With the help of rickshaw driver Lui Chen, Brad tracks down the truckload of cargo he smuggled for Ramon and boldly steals it. When Ramon later demands to know where Brad put the "large package," Brad insists that Ramon take him to "the boss." Brad is surprised to discover that "the boss" is a beautiful Russian woman named Tamara Baranoff. Brad offers to reveal the cargo's whereabouts in exchange for a fifty percent cut of the profits and a partnership in Tamara's black market operation. Attracted to the tough Brad, Tamara agrees to make him a partner and fires Ramon as proof of her commitment. Later, at his hotel, Brad runs into his old friend, reporter Mark Andrews. After Brad invites Mark to room with him, Mark proclaims his faith in Brad, who along with Steve and two other men was court-martialed by the Army three years before. To Brad's dismay, Mark then reveals that he is working on a story about the Shanghai black market. Later, Brad drops by an orphanage to see Linda Arnold, an attractive social worker he met earlier at the hotel. Unknown to Brad, Tamara, who masquerades as a philanthropic importer, is also at the orphanage and sees him with Linda. Soon after, Brad learns that one of Tamara's ships was attacked by her rival, Karidian, and its illegal cargo of rice, stolen. Brad confronts Karidian, for whom Ramon is now working, but has no proof of his guilt. At the same time, Mark's first black market story is published, and Tamara advises Brad to "take care of" his friend. Tamara also warns Brad to stay away from Linda, whose real name, she reveals, is Linda Parker. Later, over dinner, Brad questions Linda about her identity, and she confesses that she is the sister of one of the other men from Brad's squadron and sought him out in order to prove her brother's innocence. Brad and Lui Chen then hijack one of Karidian's trucks and donate some of his rice to the orphanage, while pocketing the rest. Later, Mark, who has been investigating Brad's court-martial and knows that Tamara was the one who used his plane to smuggle contraband, threatens to expose her unless she clears Brad's name. Tamara refuses Mark's deal and contacts Karidian, who informs the idealistic Mark that Brad is deeply involved in the black market. When questioned, Brad freely admits his participation in the racket and, despite Mark's pleas, refuses to quit. Although a disappointed Mark angrily breaks with Brad, Brad warns Tamara and Karidian not to harm the reporter. Soon after, Mark delivers his most damning story to a Shanghai newspaper, but the manuscript is stolen before it can be published. On his way to the newspaper office with a carbon copy, Mark is knifed by one of Karidian's men. The fatally wounded Mark asks Brad to deliver the story, and just before dying at the hospital, reveals to him Tamara's complicity in his court-martial. After instructing Lui Chen to distribute all of Tamara's black market food to her starving neighbors, Brad, his conscience aroused, stops Tamara before she can flee China with Ramon. The gun-wielding Brad then forces Tamara to write a confession that would absolve him and Linda's brother of all guilt, but as she is signing it, an armed Ramon takes Brad by surprise. During Brad and Ramon's ensuing fight, Ramon's gun goes off, killing Tamara. The police then show up to arrest Ramon, and with his name and conscience finally clear, Brad unites with a loving Linda. +

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