The Scavengers (October, 1959)

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Carol Ohmart in The Scavengers
 

Released in October, 1959: An American smuggler in Hong Kong finds his wife, who disappeared 6 years earlier and is now involved with a Chinese crime cartel.

Produced by Kane W. Lynn and Eddie Romero

Directed by John Cromwell

The Actors: Vince Edwards (Stuart Allison), Carol Ohmart (Marion Allison), Richard Loo (General Wu), Tamar Benamy (Marissa), John Wallace (Taggert), Eddie Infante (unknown), Mario Barri (unknown), Joe Sison (unknown), Bruno Punzalan (unknown), Renato Robles (unknown), Efren Reyes (Puan, Stuart's partner), Vic Diaz (Casmir O'Hara)

 

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East Meets West . . . in Hong Kong

Vince Edwards is best remembered for his leading role in the 1961 hit television series Ben Casey. Born in Brooklyn and a star of the Ohio State national championship swimming team, his athletic future seemed assured until an appendectomy destroyed his athletic dreams. Vince Edwards turned to acting after college and appeared in small parts for Paramount Pictures and some independent movies like this one, filmed a couple of years before his 'overnight success' as Dr. Ben Casey. In this oriental crime story Edwards is Stuart Allison, an American in Hong Kong who is involved in smuggling with his partner Puan. Six years earlier he met and married a blonde American named Marion, and two weeks after the wedding she disappeared without a trace. After years of searching for her he has all but given up and has a new oriental lady-love. Today as Stu is selling his half of the smuggling business to his partner he glances out of the window and sees his wife boarding a ferry for Macao, and the chase is on again. We will discover that his blonde wife Marion was involved with Chinese General Wu, played by Richard Loo, who smuggled bonds worth three million U.S. several years ago and now the bonds are missing and Stuart's wife is in the middle of it all. Stuart tries to help his drug-addicted wife out of the mess, but only manages to get her and himself more deeply involved with the shadowy Chinese rebels who are also searching for the treasure. Finally Stuart decides that the way to get his wife back is to help her find and grab the bonds before General Wu can get at them and escape with her and the money. Now, I must be honest . . . This noir oriental crime adventure cannot be compared to the dialogue or intrigue of Casablanca . . . but what movies can? For the purists, there is plenty to criticize, including the choice of an actor named 'Diaz' to play the part of a Chinese man named . . . wait for it . . . O'Hara . . . sigh . . . but what's in a name anyway? The story will show us the streets and harbor of Hong Kong, back in 1959 so many years ago . . . with a story and action that is good enough to keep us well-entertained as we munch on our bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it.

Carol Ohmart on the ferry to Macao
Carol Ohmart on the ferry to Macao
Carol Ohmart
Carol Ohmart
Efren Reyes and Vince Edwards
Efren Reyes and Vince Edwards
John Wallace
John Wallace
Richard Loo and Vince Edwards
Richard Loo and Vince Edwards
Richard Loo
Richard Loo
Tamar Benamy
Tamar Benamy
Tamar Benamy in her dance costume
Tamar Benamy in her dance costume
Vic Diaz
Vic Diaz
Vic Diaz and Vince Edwards
Vic Diaz and Vince Edwards
Vic Diaz
Vic Diaz
Vince Edwards
Vince Edwards
Vince Edwards and Richard Loo
Vince Edwards and Richard Loo
Vince Edwards and Tamar Benamy
Vince Edwards and Tamar Benamy
Vince Edwards and Carol Ohmart
Vince Edwards and Carol Ohmart
Vince Edwards turns his back on Carol Ohmart
Vince Edwards turns his back on Carol Ohmart