Watch: Saigon 1947 123movies, Full Movie Online – After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to finance a good time for his buddy. As the plane takes off he shoves Maris’ secretary Susan on board. When Mike falls for her, Larry tells her to play along for Mike’s sake. She, of course, falls for Larry..
Plot: After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to finance a good time for his buddy. As the plane takes off he shoves Maris’ secretary Susan on board. When Mike falls for her, Larry tells her to play along for Mike’s sake. She, of course, falls for Larry.
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Breath-taking Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd film
Saigon is the end of the line for Mike Perry (Douglas Dick). As a Captain in W.W.-II, Perry had taken a wound to the head, enduring 6 months of varied and complicated surgeries. And, as a crowning glory, earning a plate of platinum to match the medals on his chest. Despite the efforts of the best doctors, he is fading fast; only he doesn’t know it. Rather than telling him and sending him home to die, Mike Perry’s pals, Maj. Larry Briggs (Alan Ladd) and Sgt. Pete Rocco (Wally Cassell) decide to keep him on the move with them, as they travel the Far East. To cram “100 years of good living” into 2 months…maybe less. (For the rest, the only similarities with THE BLUE DAHLIA are 3 army-pals (Jimmy, George and Buzz), and 1 pal with a W.W.-II head-wound (Buzz).)
However, good living comes at a price: Larry Briggs and both boys take a flying job, offered them by the unscrupulous Alex Maris (Morris Carnovsky), and for a payment suspiciously high $10,000 suggests something more akin to smuggling rubies, than to an innocent business trip as Mr. Maris calls it. But then again, that kind of money could set thing up nicely for Mike Perry.
Shady deals often involve shady ladies. Just as the arranged flight is supposed to take off, Mr. Maris’ secretary Susan Cleaver (Veronica Lake) appears on the scene, dressed in a leopard coat. Her demeanor is anything but sweet, a quality enhanced, when anyone reaches for the briefcase she carries; but something about her captures Mike’s attentions and Larry’s. The attraction might have been a passing fancy, if Susan Cleaver didn’t now find her lot thrown in with the boys’, when the sound of gunfire triggers an emergency take off. Amidst much protest, Susan is bundled in, up, and off to Saigon (nowadays called “Ho Chi Minh City”, Vietnam).
Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd amaze me with their sensitive portrayals, they give so much! Susan Cleaver and Larry Briggs are characters with a past, melancholy, but not devoid of all feeling, of all hope. In one scene, Larry Briggs points to a mark on Susan Cleaver’s face, where she had been slapped. “Is this where he hit you?” Larry asks, leaning over to kiss the spot. “There, now it doesn’t hurt anymore.” Susan shows indifference, almost loathing until he leaves the room. Then she turns slightly, resting her head against the bedpost .she’s falling for him… There’s another marvelous sequence involving an evening gown (made by Edith Head). Susan comes out of her hotel room, finding Larry on the adjoining balcony. Susan is resplendent in draped white. Larry walks up to her; Susan turns around to give him the full view, her usually straight face softened into a sweet expression. Gingerly, Larry takes the back collar of her gown, which is actually a hood, and frames Susan’s beautiful face. Larry looks at her for a moment, and then with the same gentleness, lets it back down. “No. It looks better the other way, with your hair showing.”…
I like “Saigon” very much. Performances are really excellent all the way around. Tender scenes are played with sincerity, as are the lighter moments that lend relief to this melodrama. Unconcerned with strict adherence to plot, it delves instead into character study, and is the better for it. It gives us the why, when and where, and leaves us to discover the how. The suspense and adventure are wonderful…the romance too!
I really look forward to the moment, when this great movie will be released on DVD; NTSC-VHS copies of this film are scarce nowadays. My proposal: a Veronica Lake DVD-box with Veronica’s other scarce films, like “The Blue Dahlia”, “The Glass Key”, “I Wanted Wings” and “So Proudly We Hail!”
Romantic triangle with a teeny bit of noir, yet strangely lacking.
This has the potential to be an intriguing little Noir Adventure but somewhere along the line, it turns maudlin. It’s the last of four major pairings for Alan Lads and Veronica Lake, and while the two still show off some heat, they are lacking in a great story and an intriguing script. Ladd and pal Douglas Dick are free of their war service and are hired by mobster Morris Carnovsky to transport him to Saigon, and unfortunately, only Carnovsky’s secretary, Lake shows up, and Ladd is forced to take off due to the police being nearby. Lake is naturally furious, and threatens to have led charged with kidnapping, but eventually attraction is something they cannot deny even though Dick, not realizing that he is dying, falls in love with lake and proposes to her. Carnovsky shows up in Saigon to cause carbo, insisting that there are only two things that he loves. They are a decent secretary and a ton of money, apparently hidden in the satchel that Lake had when she boarded the plane.
The romantic chemistry between Ladd and Lake is certainly hot, but unfortunately the film lacks in humor and atmosphere. The only attempts at any type of lightness are provided by minor characters, it is really insubstantial at best. A few good action sequences and fights place an intense conclusion do give the film an extra Notch, but compared to the other three feet of the team, this is a bore. Carnovsky is obviously emulating George Macready in ‘Gilda”, and Ladd and Lake are memorable, but it is unfortunate that their last film together is so disappointing.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Leslie Fenton
Writer P.J. Wolfson, Arthur Sheekman, Julian Zimet
Actors Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Douglas Dick
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (10 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm