State Department: File 649 (February 11, 1949)
Released on February 11, 1949: (running time 1 hour and 26 minutes) A rogue Chinese warlord terrorizes the small village of Ming Goo and holds the State Department diplomats in the U.S. consul hostage.
Produced by Sigmund Neufeld
Directed by Sam Newfield
Written by Milton Raison
The Actors: William Lundigan (Kenneth R. Seeley, #649), Virginia Bruce (Margaret 'Marge' Waldon), Jonathan Hale (Director-General), Frank Ferguson (Consul Reither), Richard Loo (Marshal Yun Usu), Philip Ahn (Colonel Aram), Raymond Bond (Consul Howard Brown), Milton Kibbee (Bill Sneed), Victor Sen Yung (Johnny Han), Lora Lee Michel (Jessica Morse), John Holland (Wilfred Ballinger), Harlan Warde (Reverend Doctor Morse), Carole Donne (Mrs. Sarah Morse), Barbara Woodell (Carrie Willoughby, consul clerk), Robert Stevenson (Mongolian spy), Lee Bennett (Don Logan), H.T. Tsiang (Wonto, undertaker of Ming Goo), Joseph Crehan (government official), Ray Bennett (fur trader Bill), Nana Bryant (Mrs. Peggy Brown), Jean Adren (unknown), Spencer Chan (unknown), Fred Coby (Vice Consul), John Dehner (third oral examiner), Raymond Greenleaf (examining board member), John Halloran (examining board member), Henry Kulky (Mogolian Sergeant who kidnaps Ken), Harry Lauter (Foreign Service trainee), Kam Tong (unknown), Beal Wong (radio operator Lang)
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In Ming Goo with You, . . . And the Chinese Warlord
It is always fun to watch a movie with diplomats . . . .They have such elegant balls and receptions with dancing, fine champagne andintrigue or matters of love. Sometimes though, being a diplomat in a foreignnation isn’t the glamourous life seen in movies. Sometimes diplomats live introubled parts of the world and the trouble of the area engulfs the diplomats.
In this story about the U.S. State Department and theDiplomatic Corps, we will meet Ken Seeley, State Department employee #649. Hisparents were missionaries to China who were killed by bandits when he was achild. Now his knowledge of the language and the people of the small village ofMing Goo make him the perfect person for the State Department to use as avice-consul at the small consulate there.
Shortly after arriving in China, and attempt is made on hislife, and before he can board a plane for Ming Goo, a car tries to run down therickshaw that he is riding in. It seems that someone in China does not want himto reach Ming Goo.
That someone is Chinese Marshal Yun Usu, a rogue warlord whowants to control the Ming Goo area. Unfortunately, the Chinese government doesnot want him to control the area, so he plans to battle the Chinese army. Unfortunately, the U.S. diplomats at the Ming Goo consulate will be right in the middleof the action.
It will be up to diplomat Ken Seely, #649, to save the lives of the Americans whoare trapped in the consulate and marked for death by the rogue warlord. Pop a big bowl of whitekernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy theshow.
H.T. Tsiang and Raymond Bond
John Holland and Ray Bennett
Jonathan Hale and Joseph Crehan
Lora Lee Michel, Carole Donne and Harlan Warde
Lora Lee Michel
Nana Bryant and Barbara Woodell
Ray Bennett, John Holland and Raymond Bond
Richard Loo and Philip Ahn
Richard Loo and Philip Ahn
Victor Sen Yung
Virginia Bruce and Raymond Bond
Virginia Bruce and William Lundigan
William Lundigan and Frank Ferguson
William Lundigan and H.T. Tsiang