World for Ransom (January 27, 1954)
Released on January 27, 1954: (running time 1 hour and 22 minutes) A roaming soldier of fortune gets mixed up in a steamy Singapore crime adventure with his old girlfriend, her husband, and the kidnapper of a nuclear scientist.
Produced by Robert Aldrich and Bernard Tabakin
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Written by Lindsay Hardy and Hugo Butler
The Actors: Dan Duryea (Mike Callahan / Corrigan), Gene Lockhart (Alexis Pederas), Patric Knowles (Julian March), Reginald Denny (Major Ian Bone), Nigel Bruce (Governor Sir Charles Coutts), Marian Carr (Frennessey March), Arthur Shields (Professor Sean O'Connor, atomic scientist), Douglass Dumbrille (Inspector McCollum), Carmen D'Antonio (dancer Ming Toy), Keye Luke (Lee Wong, photographer), Clarence Lung (Johnny Chan), Lou Nova (Guzik), Patrick Allen (soldier), Spencer Chan (club patron), Herschel Graham (club patron), Stuart Hall (military officer), George Hoagland (soldier), Gustave Lax (club patron), Strother Martin (Corporal), Beal Wong (bartender Wu)
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Secret to the H-Bomb, and the Girl who was too Sexy for T.V.
What does the girl crowned “Chicago’s Prettiest Office Worker” in 1946 do next? Of course, she moves to Hollywood, and by October of 1946 Marian Carr is often seen sharing dinner at the Brown Derby with Dennis Day, the Irish singer heard often on the Jack Benny Show.
In 1946 Hollywood, several major movie stars spend their idle time learning to be oil painters, paying-out-of-work actors to pose for them. In December 1946, a group of eight painters, including Edward G. Robinson, Edgar Bergen and Hoagy Carmichael, paid Marian Carr to pose for them. After they were finished with their paintings of Marian, they all agreed that she should be crowned “Insomnia Girl,” because her beauty kept them all awake at night.
Gloria Swanson, Dorothy Lamour, and many other female movie stars were represented by talent agent Wynn Rocamora, and as soon as he met Marian Carr in February 1947, he signed her to a contract to become her agent. She was in very few movies, making occasional appearances in television shows, but usually as a fringe character. Marian rarely got a large part in her television appearances, and once remarking that, “Casting directors seem to think I’m too sexy for living rooms.”
RKO signed Marian Carr to a movie contract but for some reason she walked out before one frame of film was shot. She soon got a part in this independently produced noir adventure, but her part is small, only showing us a glimpse of her potential. In this adventure Marian is a sultry saloon singer, the wife of a shady British character played by Patric Knowles, and the old girlfriend of the leading man, Dan Duryea.
Our adventure opens in Singapore, where dark mystery and intrigue quickly envelope the American soldier of fortune, his old girlfriend Frennessey, and her shady British husband Julian March. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dan Duryea and Beal Wong
Dan Duryea and Reginald Denny
Douglass Dumbrille, Reginald Denny
Marian Carr and Dan Duryea
Marian Carr kisses Dan Duryea
Marian Carr and Dan Duryea
Patric Knowles, Arthur Shields
Patric Knowles, Dan Duryea
Patric Knowles, Gene Lockhart
Patric Knowles, Lou Nova