Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Alan Ladd stars in Calcutta as devil-may-care pilot Neale Gordon. With his equally fearless partners Pedro Blake (William Bendix) and Bill Cunningham (John Whitney), Gordon handles the air-freight route between Calcutta and Chungking. When Cunningham meets his death at the hands of jewel smugglers, Gordon vows to play judge and jury and bring the criminals to justice himself. Among the suspects are the film's two gorgeous leading ladies, sweetie-pie Virginia Moore (Gail Russell) and sultry nightclub singer Merina Tanev (June Duprez). Once Gordon figures out who his real friends are, he relies on his fists to mete out retribution, resulting in one sequence that's guaranteed to raise the hackles of every feminist in the crowd. Even with a short running time of 73 minutes, Calcutta secured top-of-the-bill bookings.
aerial, alibi, barnstorming, cave-in, danger, death, espionage, fiancee, inquiry, inspection, investigation, jewel-robbery, killing, liaison, mine-owner, mission [quest], murder, nightclub, opal, police, questioning [police interrogation], sidekick, smuggling, suspect, underworld, victim, weapons