Escape from Hong Kong (1942)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Escape Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Its "timely" title notwithstanding, Escape From Hong Kong is simply more of the he-man derring-do that Universal had been grinding out since the silent era. The stars are Leo Carrillo, Andy Devine and Don Terry, previously teamed in Unseen Enemy and soon to be costarred in the studio's Top Sergeant and Danger in the Pacific. Our three heroes are first seen operating a sharpshooting concession in a Hong Kong variety show. The act breaks up when Rusty (Terry) falls in love with Valerie Hale (Marjorie Lord), who turns out to be a British Intelligence Agent assigned to plug security leaks in the Orient. Rusty's pals Pancho (Carrillo) and Blimp (Devine) wrongly assume that Valerie is a German spy, and act accordingly, wreaking all sorts of havoc. By the time everything is straightened out, it's December 7th, and the four protagonists are forced to make a hasty exit from Hong Kong before they're blown to bits by Japanese bomber planes.



double-agent, espionage, escape