Calcutta

1947

Action / Crime

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IMDb Rating 6.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rsda 10

This film, which actually was one of Ladd's most financially successful films of the 40's, is a fun ride. Surprisingly, it's reputation has been one of a potboiler. It moves swiftly and has many good twists and turns. Gail Russell is wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful as the mysterious femme fatale. Alan Ladd was very well matched with Gail Russell. More so than Veronica Lake with her stony blonde beauty. The beautiful darkness of Russell and the Blonde Ladd was much more interesting. They were close friends and it shows in their two feature films together. A lot of the TV prints of this films have scenes missing that are crucial to the plot so if you can get a hold of a complete version of Calcutta you will be very lucky. A fun film from the 40's that you should try and catch up with.

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Reviewed by juanandrichard 7

&quot;Calcutta&quot; was one of Alan Ladd&#39;s most successful movies of the 1940s (even out-grossing &quot;The Blue Dahlia&quot;) and is a fun combination of film noir and adventure. Alan Ladd and Gail Russell made a beautiful couple, and I was sorry that they made only two co-starring vehicles together.<br/><br/>Some critics resented the fact that Gail Russell was the villainness of the story, but I have to disagree. It added irony at the end, and debunked the type-casting limitations so many stars of that period had to suffer through. She was a real beauty! As well, the supporting cast is excellent, in particular Broadway&#39;s Edith King. Without a doubt, this is a typical Alan Ladd &quot;star vehicle&quot; of the period -- to be enjoyed for what it is (a fun &quot;Terry and the Pirates&quot; type vehicle), and not to be over-analyzed.

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Reviewed by boblipton 6

Alan Ladd and William Bendix are airline pilots based in Calcutta, flying the hump into China. They&#39;re surprised when fellow pilot John Whitney tells them he&#39;s going to get married. At first it looks like it&#39;s going to be a modern-dress version of GUNGA DIN. However, when they return to Calcutta, they find out Whitney is dead, with fiancee Gail Russell saddened by the news, and in possession of an $8,000 gem she says he gave her. He also had $35,000 in the bank, which is preposterous. With an assortment of exotic characters in the fringes and the police investigating, Ladd begins to poke around on his own.<br/><br/>It&#39;s a Maltese-Falcon sort of story, shot cheaply and accurately by John Farrow to appeal to Ladd&#39;s profitable audience -- so long as the budget didn&#39;t get out of control. It&#39;s shot mostly on interior sets, with one long shot of Ladd driving through the Paramount backlot, made up to look like Hollywood&#39;s idea of India.<br/><br/>Ladd always looks a little odd in these movies. His suits fit him, but seem to swim on him, and he keeps his lines short, clipped and just this side of surly, expressionless and with his lips barely moving, as if he were a ventrilogquist. The rest of the cast is filled out with minor names, although the crowd scenes are well stocked with extras. Seton Miller&#39;s script is serviceable, and it&#39;s another movie well turned out for all hands.

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