Gritty film noir directed by Joseph M. Newman (Dangerous Crossing 1953, This Island Earth 1955) starring Rory Calhoun who plays the suave Tony Dumont an import/exporter or dealer in stolen gems who becomes enamored by chic novelist Pamela Vincent played by the lovely Barbara Rush. Pamela is drawn to Tony, when they first meet on a plane bound for Hong Kong, which is hi-jacked for it’s shipment of diamonds. Tony is a soft hearted rogue master-mind who smuggles gems for the syndicate in Macao.
Mama Lin played by the wonderful Soo Yong (The Good Earth 1937, Sayonara 1957, Flower Drum Song 1961) has been a benefactor to Tony since he was a boy, and looks after him like a sagely mother.
She cautions him that it is a time for goodbyes, because his infatuation with Pamela will cause him to lose his steady girl Jean Blake (Dolores Donlon). Tony doesn’t heed Mama Lin’s warning and he winds up cheating the mob out of the stolen shipment and lamming it with the diamonds in order to be with Pamela in San Francisco… I won’t spoil the outcome, just catch it if you can on Netflix!
“The heart is a small room Tony… when someone enters it, someone else must move out”-Mama Lin
Wise words Mama Lin… MonsterGirl