They Met in Bombay


1h 32m 1941
They Met in Bombay

Brief Synopsis

Rival jewel thieves on the run find love in the Far East.

Photos & Videos

They Met in Bombay - Publicity Still
They Met in Bombay - Kapralik Trade Ad

Film Details

Also Known As
The Uniform, Unholy Partners
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Release Date
Jun 27, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Alhambra, California, United States; Calabasas, California, United States; Malibu Hills, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,270ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

While the Duchess of Beltravers travels to Bombay, India, jewel thief Gerald Meldrick has a perfect fake made of her famed "Star of Asia" pendant. Gerald then goes to India, posing as a Lloyd's of London detective looking after clients' jewels. Registering at the same hotel is Baroness von Duren, to whom Gerald is immediately attracted. Unknown to Gerald, the baroness is actually Anya von Duren, a thief who also has designs on the pendant.. Gerald soon becomes suspicious of the well-rehearsed Anya, especially when she playfully asks him how someone might steal the pendant. That evening, Anya arranges to dine next to the duchess and, pretending to be a friend of her relatives, Anya accompanies her to her suite. After the inebriated duchess falls asleep, Anya steals the necklace, after which Gerald sneaks into the duchess' room and replaces the real pendant with his fake. He then goes to Anya, takes the pendant from her and convinces her that he is letting her off to rehabilitate her. Anya's gratefulness soon ends when she discovers that he has switched the necklaces, and the next day she confronts him. Gerald suggests that they become partners and they narrowly escape arrest when police Inspector Cressney discovers the theft.

Forced to flee on a tramp steamer, they encounter the greedy Captain Chang, who soon receives a wireless offering a £10,000 reward for them. Gerald and Anya soon fall in love, then jump ship together after discovering that Chang plans to turn them in. In Hong Kong, Gerald and Anya are happy, despite their enforced poverty, and Anya dreams of a normal life. Gerald, however, insists that they would hate settling down. One day, Gerald, who was once a British officer, poses as "Captain Huston" in a scheme to confiscate money from a Chinese merchant accused of stealing from the army. Gerald commandeers some unsuspecting soldiers to help him and is so convincing that he is ordered to report to the Hong Kong Garrison for emergency duty. Because the Japanese army is advancing, all Europeans and friendly Chinese must leave nearby Chang-lin, and Gerald is ordered to lead a regiment there. He cannot leave the barracks, but arranges for Anya to meet him at Chang-lin. She is there when he arrives and the evacuation proceeds until Japanese troops march in and refuse to allow any Chinese to leave. Gerald confronts the Japanese colonel, then leads his men and the civilians through their ranks. Additional Japanese forces confront them on the road and a battle ensues. Gerald heroically risks his own life to destroy Japanese machine guns and is seriously wounded before the battle is won.

Several weeks later, as Gerald is released from the army hospital, he plans his and Anya's escape, unaware that he is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Realizing that the army must now know that he is a fake, he wants to leave before the ceremony but cannot get away. After Gerald receives the medal, Inspector Cressney arrives from Bombay to arrest him, and Anya admits that she sent for Cressney after the army uncovered Gerald's subterfuge, but begged them to delay arresting him until after the ceremony. Gerald arranges for some soldiers to arrest Cressney and escapes. Cressney is furious until Gerald returns, admitting that he just wanted to talk with Anya before returning the pendant. He then asks his colonel to keep the medal until he can come back and enlist.

Cast

Clark Gable

Gerald Meldrick [also known as Captain Huston]

Rosalind Russell

Anya von Duren [also known as the Baroness von Duren]

Peter Lorre

Captain Chang

Jessie Ralph

Duchess of Beltravers

Reginald Owen

The General

Matthew Boulton

Inspector Cressney

Edward Ciannelli

Hotel manager [Giovanni Riccio]

Luis Alberni

Maitre d'hotel

Rosina Galli

Carmencita

Jay Novello

Bolo

William Edmunds

Hotel barber

Leslie Vincent

Lieutenant Ashley

Adelaide Whytal

Old lady

Harry Worth

Clerk

Nenette Vallon

Beauty operator

Lilyan Irene

Duchess' maid

James B. Leong

3rd mate

Luke Chan

Radio operator

Eric Lonsdale

Sergeant

David Clyde

Sergeant

Dave Thursby

Sergeant

Charles Irwin

Sergeant

Tetsu Komai

Mate

Sen Yung

Gin Long

Miles Mander

Doctor

John Burton

Doctor

Charles Trowbridge

Doctor

Chester Gan

Woo Ling Woo

Guy Kingsford

Corporal

Harry Cording

Corporal

Emerson Fisher-smith

Corporal

Keye Luke

Mr. Toy

Roland Got

Young Foo Sing

Lee Tung-foo

Elder Foo Sing

Roy Gordon

Chief of detectives

Pat O'hara

Private

Cliff Danielson

Private

Cyril Thornton

Private

Gordon Wallace

Private

Ray Teal

Private

Douglas Gordon

Private

Leyland Hodgson

Auto driver

Francis Compton

Major in car

Tristram Coffin

Captain in car

James Craven

Captain in car

Jimmy Aubrey

Soldier in saloon

Harry Allen

Soldier in saloon

Ernie Alexander

Sailor

Evan Thomas

Officer

Cornelius Keefe

Officer

Gerald Fielding

Officer

John Marston

Officer

Alden Chase

Officer

Bob Stephenson

Sentry

Ernie Alexander

Sentry

Cyril Mclaglen

Sergeant major

Tom Conlon

Young lieutenant

Teru Shimada

Japanese colonel

Philson Ahn

Japanese radio operator

Robert Okazaki

Japanese general

Denis Green

Captain

John Power

Captain

Judith Wood

Nurse

Philip Ahn

Japanese officer

Richard Loo

Japanese officer

Cyril Thornton

Deputy policeman

Photo Collections

They Met in Bombay - Publicity Still
Here is a still of Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell, taken to help publicize They Met in Bombay (1941). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
They Met in Bombay - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's They Met in Bombey (1941), starring Clark Gable and Rosaland Russell. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Uniform, Unholy Partners
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Release Date
Jun 27, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Alhambra, California, United States; Calabasas, California, United States; Malibu Hills, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,270ft (10 reels)

Articles

They Met in Bombay


Set sail on an adventure to Hong Kong with Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell in They Met in Bombay (1941). As the title indicates, Gable and Russell first meet in India, where Gable is posing as a Lloyd's of London insurance agent and Russell is pretending to be a friend of the Royal Family. But their true identities are soon revealed; they're both jewel thieves after the same haul - a necklace called the Star of Asia that belongs to a duchess. At first, Gable and Russell plot against each other to get their hands on the jewels but simple necessity brings them together for the heist and soon they're planning their getaway on a boat to Hong Kong operated by Peter Lorre.

Despite the fact that They Met in Bombay is set in India and China, it was actually filmed in California, specifically in Calabasas, Malibu Hills and at the Alhambra airport. However, parts of the story do reflect the contemporary struggles of Hong Kong in the 1940s. For example, Gable dresses like a British soldier in one episode in the film and then, forced to continue the charade, must help evacuate British and Chinese citizens from a village invaded by the Japanese. During WWII, many Chinese mainlanders took refuge in Hong Kong as the Japanese advanced. And eventually, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong in 1941, forcing the British to surrender the island on Christmas Day.

They Met in Bombay was the third film Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable made together. In the first two, Forsaking All Others (1934) and China Seas (1935), Russell wasn't Gable's leading lady. Joan Crawford stole his heart in Forsaking All Others and in China Seas, Russell played Gable's former girlfriend, who faced some tough competition in Jean Harlow. But given the opportunity, Russell genuinely enjoyed working with Gable and unlike some of his co-stars, was at ease playing love scenes opposite him. Legend has it that Vivien Leigh, for example, in Gone With the Wind (1939), begged producer David O. Selznick for fewer kissing scenes, because Gable's dentures had an unpleasant smell. Russell encountered no such problems and praised her co-star's romantic abilities. "No director ever had to give him directions in a love scene. He was a very graceful person...much like a ballet dancer. He was beautiful to play a love scene with," Russell commented. She also recalled how much difficulty she normally had filming romantic scenes. "Love scenes...(were) murder for me," said Russell. "The only man who could make a love scene comfortable was Clark Gable."

Off screen, Gable's love affair with wife Carole Lombard continued throughout They Met in Bombay. Their second wedding anniversary coincided with the film's shooting schedule, and Lombard arranged a surprise party for Gable on the set - catered by the famed Brown Derby restaurant. Another interesting bit of trivia is the unbilled appearance of Alan Ladd in a tiny part as a British solder in They Met in Bombay. Blink and you'll miss him.

Producer: Hunt Stromberg
Director: Clarence Brown
Screenplay: John H. Kafka (story), Edwin Justus Mayer, Anita Loos, Leon Gordon
Cinematography: William H. Daniels
Editing: Blanche Sewell
Art Direction: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons
Music: Herbert Stothart
Cast: Clark Gable (Gerald Meldrick), Rosalind Russell (Anya Von Duren), Peter Lorre (Captain Chang), Jessie Ralph (Duchess of Beltravers), Reginald Owen (General Allen), Eduardo Ciannelli (Giovanni Riccio).
BW-92m. Closed captioning.

by Stephanie Thames
They Met In Bombay

They Met in Bombay

Set sail on an adventure to Hong Kong with Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell in They Met in Bombay (1941). As the title indicates, Gable and Russell first meet in India, where Gable is posing as a Lloyd's of London insurance agent and Russell is pretending to be a friend of the Royal Family. But their true identities are soon revealed; they're both jewel thieves after the same haul - a necklace called the Star of Asia that belongs to a duchess. At first, Gable and Russell plot against each other to get their hands on the jewels but simple necessity brings them together for the heist and soon they're planning their getaway on a boat to Hong Kong operated by Peter Lorre. Despite the fact that They Met in Bombay is set in India and China, it was actually filmed in California, specifically in Calabasas, Malibu Hills and at the Alhambra airport. However, parts of the story do reflect the contemporary struggles of Hong Kong in the 1940s. For example, Gable dresses like a British soldier in one episode in the film and then, forced to continue the charade, must help evacuate British and Chinese citizens from a village invaded by the Japanese. During WWII, many Chinese mainlanders took refuge in Hong Kong as the Japanese advanced. And eventually, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong in 1941, forcing the British to surrender the island on Christmas Day. They Met in Bombay was the third film Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable made together. In the first two, Forsaking All Others (1934) and China Seas (1935), Russell wasn't Gable's leading lady. Joan Crawford stole his heart in Forsaking All Others and in China Seas, Russell played Gable's former girlfriend, who faced some tough competition in Jean Harlow. But given the opportunity, Russell genuinely enjoyed working with Gable and unlike some of his co-stars, was at ease playing love scenes opposite him. Legend has it that Vivien Leigh, for example, in Gone With the Wind (1939), begged producer David O. Selznick for fewer kissing scenes, because Gable's dentures had an unpleasant smell. Russell encountered no such problems and praised her co-star's romantic abilities. "No director ever had to give him directions in a love scene. He was a very graceful person...much like a ballet dancer. He was beautiful to play a love scene with," Russell commented. She also recalled how much difficulty she normally had filming romantic scenes. "Love scenes...(were) murder for me," said Russell. "The only man who could make a love scene comfortable was Clark Gable." Off screen, Gable's love affair with wife Carole Lombard continued throughout They Met in Bombay. Their second wedding anniversary coincided with the film's shooting schedule, and Lombard arranged a surprise party for Gable on the set - catered by the famed Brown Derby restaurant. Another interesting bit of trivia is the unbilled appearance of Alan Ladd in a tiny part as a British solder in They Met in Bombay. Blink and you'll miss him. Producer: Hunt Stromberg Director: Clarence Brown Screenplay: John H. Kafka (story), Edwin Justus Mayer, Anita Loos, Leon Gordon Cinematography: William H. Daniels Editing: Blanche Sewell Art Direction: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons Music: Herbert Stothart Cast: Clark Gable (Gerald Meldrick), Rosalind Russell (Anya Von Duren), Peter Lorre (Captain Chang), Jessie Ralph (Duchess of Beltravers), Reginald Owen (General Allen), Eduardo Ciannelli (Giovanni Riccio). BW-92m. Closed captioning. by Stephanie Thames

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Working titles of the film were The Uniform and Unholy Partners. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, Charles Ruggles was wanted for a role in the picture and Hedy Lamarr was to have played the role that was taken over by Rosalind Russell. Although under contract to M-G-M, Russell had not made a film at her "home" studio since The Women, produced in 1939. Portions of the film were shot on location at the Alhambra airport, Calabasas and the Malibu Hills. This was the third and last time that Clark Gable co-starred with Russell. They had previously appeared together in M-G-M's 1935 film China Seas, and Russell had a small part in the 1934 Gable-Joan Crawford picture Forsaking All Others (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0708 and F3.1442).