State Department: File 649 (February 11, 1949)
Released on February 11, 1949: 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 and intrigue or matters of love. Sometimes though, being a diplomat in a foreign nation isn’t the glamourous life seen in movies. Sometimes diplomats live in troubled parts of the world and the trouble of the area engulfs the diplomats.
In this story about the U.S. State Department and the Diplomatic Corps, we will meet Ken Seeley, State Department employee #649. His parents were missionaries to China who were killed by bandits when he was a child. Now his knowledge of the language and the people of the small village of Ming Goo make him the perfect person for the State Department to use as a vice-consul at the small consulate there.
Shortly after arriving in China, and attempt is made on his life, and before he can board a plane for Ming Goo, a car tries to run down the rickshaw that he is riding in. It seems that someone in China does not want him to reach Ming Goo.
That someone is Chinese Marshal Yun Usu, a rogue warlord who wants to control the Ming Goo area. Unfortunately, the Chinese government does not want him to control the area, so he plans to battle the Chinese army . . . . And the U.S. diplomats at the Ming Goo consulate will be right in the middle of the action.
It will be up to diplomat Ken Seely, #649, to save the lives of the Americans who are trapped in the consulate and marked for death. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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