Saigon (1948)

93-94 mins | Drama | 12 March 1948

Director:

Leslie Fenton

Producer:

P. J. Wolfson

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Julian Zimet's original story was titled "High Holiday." Pre-production HR news items reported that Vanya Oakes, who worked for United Press in Asia for ten years, was scheduled to work as technical advisor on this film, but her contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. Although Richard Conte is listed in early HR production charts as a cast member, he did not appear in the released picture. Saigon marked the final Paramount film in which Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake were featured as a screen couple. They were first teamed in Paramount's 1942 film This Gun for Hire (see below), and subsequently co-starred in The Glass Key and The Blue Dahlia (see above). John Lund starred with Lizabeth Scott in a 5 Sep 1949 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

Julian Zimet's original story was titled "High Holiday." Pre-production HR news items reported that Vanya Oakes, who worked for United Press in Asia for ten years, was scheduled to work as technical advisor on this film, but her contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. Although Richard Conte is listed in early HR production charts as a cast member, he did not appear in the released picture. Saigon marked the final Paramount film in which Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake were featured as a screen couple. They were first teamed in Paramount's 1942 film This Gun for Hire (see below), and subsequently co-starred in The Glass Key and The Blue Dahlia (see above). John Lund starred with Lizabeth Scott in a 5 Sep 1949 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Feb 1948.
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Daily Variety
3 Feb 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Feb 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 46
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Nov 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 46
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 46
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Apr 48
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Feb 48
pp. 4049-50.
New York Times
1 Apr 48
p. 30.
Variety
4 Feb 48
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Dolores," music by Louis Alter, lyrics by Frank Loesser
"To Each His Own," music by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, French lyrics by Ted Grouya.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 March 1948
Production Date:
29 November 1946--late January 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 March 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1523
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93-94
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In post-war Shanghai, at a U.S. Army hospital, aviation war hero Major Larry Briggs learns that his buddy, Captain Mike Perry, has only two months to live due to a head injury. Rather than break the bad news to Mike, who has no family, Larry and Sergeant Pete Rocco decide to pack Mike's remaining two months with "one hundred years of good living" after their discharge from the Army. To this aim, Larry accepts a flight assignment paying $10,000 from Alex Maris. Maris claims to be fanatical about promptness, but when his secretary, Susan Cleaver, shows up on time for the trip, and Maris arrives a half hour late with police gunning for him, Larry takes off without him in the interest of self-preservation. Although they are headed for Saigon, Larry is forced to make an emergency landing after both engines fail. Susan takes an immediate dislike to Larry, especially after he forcefully wrests his $10,000 payment from her. After checking into a small hotel, the Americans come under suspicion from police lieutenant Keon, who believes they might be smugglers. When Larry realizes that Mike is falling in love with Susan, he confronts the beautiful blonde, who is carrying $500,000 in a briefcase, and demands that she leave immediately. Larry later changes his mind because Mike is crushed by Susan's apparent disappearance, and blackmails her into agreeing to entertain Mike or be turned over to Keon. To their surprise, Keon joins them on a boat sailing for Saigon. Larry cleverly steals the money and has it mailed to himself at the post office in Saigon, so that Keon finds nothing incriminating when he searches ... +


In post-war Shanghai, at a U.S. Army hospital, aviation war hero Major Larry Briggs learns that his buddy, Captain Mike Perry, has only two months to live due to a head injury. Rather than break the bad news to Mike, who has no family, Larry and Sergeant Pete Rocco decide to pack Mike's remaining two months with "one hundred years of good living" after their discharge from the Army. To this aim, Larry accepts a flight assignment paying $10,000 from Alex Maris. Maris claims to be fanatical about promptness, but when his secretary, Susan Cleaver, shows up on time for the trip, and Maris arrives a half hour late with police gunning for him, Larry takes off without him in the interest of self-preservation. Although they are headed for Saigon, Larry is forced to make an emergency landing after both engines fail. Susan takes an immediate dislike to Larry, especially after he forcefully wrests his $10,000 payment from her. After checking into a small hotel, the Americans come under suspicion from police lieutenant Keon, who believes they might be smugglers. When Larry realizes that Mike is falling in love with Susan, he confronts the beautiful blonde, who is carrying $500,000 in a briefcase, and demands that she leave immediately. Larry later changes his mind because Mike is crushed by Susan's apparent disappearance, and blackmails her into agreeing to entertain Mike or be turned over to Keon. To their surprise, Keon joins them on a boat sailing for Saigon. Larry cleverly steals the money and has it mailed to himself at the post office in Saigon, so that Keon finds nothing incriminating when he searches Susan's room. Susan accuses Larry of double-crossing her, but he insists that he has saved her, and she softens when she learns of Mike's prognosis. By the time they reach Saigon, Larry sees a kinder, gentler Susan, who, in turn, has fallen in love with Larry even though Mike has proposed to her. Soon after, Maris shows up unexpectedly in Susan's hotel room and threatens to tell Mike the truth if she does not return his money. Maris and his brutal valet, Simon, hold Larry hostage until morning, when the post office opens. When Pete realizes what is happening, he struggles with Simon, but both men die after they fall from a balcony. Susan, meanwhile, cooperates with Keon, who arranges for the post office to release the package early, and explains that Maris, who stole the $500,000, is actually a war conspirator. After Maris gets the money, he and Simon open gunfire on Larry and Mike, and both Mike and Maris are killed. After Mike's funeral, Susan and Larry start a new life together. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Postwar life


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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