Soldier of Fortune

TitleSoldier of Fortune
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1955
AuthorsDmytryk, Edward
Running Time96 minutes
Date Released05/24/1955
Distributor20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Soldier of Fortune is a 1955 adventure film, based on a novel by Ernest Gann published in October 1954. Jane Hoyt (Susan Hayward) comes to Hong Kong to find her husband, Louis (Gene Barry), a photojournalist who has been missing for three months. Learning he is being held captive by the Chinese government, she seeks the help of smuggler Hank Lee (Clark Gable), who has a shady reputation for being able to get anything done. Jane and Hank are instantly attracted to each other, but Jane will not abandon her husband. To win her heart, Hank must find a way to rescue Louis. This early Cold War film is notable for its portrayal of rugged American masculinity abroad, with Clark Gable in the lead role.

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