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Manila Calling (1942)

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81 min | Drama, War

When the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of Filipino Scouts (Moros) and make their way to the ...See moreWhen the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of Filipino Scouts (Moros) and make their way to the coast. The party, radio technician Jeff Bailey (Cornel Wilde) and communications men Lucky Matthews (Lloyd Nolan) and Tom O'Rourke (James Gleason), finds an advance Japanese unit on the plantation of an old friend and, working with the Moros as a guerilla unit, attack and seize the site from the Japanese in order to use the radio transmitter. Solidifying themselves in the stronghold they discover there is no food or water and it is surrounded by the Japanese. A night club singer, Edna Fraser (Carole Landis), escaping from the Japanese, gets into the plantation. Jeff is working to fix their radio set, hoping to send a message of hope and courage to the conquered and enslaved Filipinos of the district, and the Japanese, aware of this possibility, are using every means to wipe out the group. Written by Les Adams See less
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John Francis Larkin (story and screenplay) (as John Larkin)
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Updated Sep 18, 1942

Release date
Oct 16, 1942 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Lloyd Nolan
Lucky Matthews Lucky Matthews   See fewer
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Carole Landis
Edna Fraser Edna Fraser   See fewer
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Cornel Wilde
Jeff Bailey Jeff Bailey   See fewer
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James Gleason
Tim O'Rourke Tim O'Rourke   See fewer
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Ralph Byrd
Corbett Corbett   See fewer
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Charles Tannen
Fillmore Fillmore   See fewer
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Ted North
Walter Jamison Walter Jamison   See fewer
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Elisha Cook Jr.
Gillman Gillman   See fewer
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Harold Huber
Santoro Santoro   See fewer
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Lester Matthews
Wayne Ralston Wayne Ralston   See fewer
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Louis Jean Heydt
Harold Watson Harold Watson   See fewer
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Victor Sen Yung
Armando Armando   See fewer
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Ken Christy
Logan (uncredited) Logan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Angelo Cruz
Moro Soldier (uncredited) Moro Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carlos Garrido
Moro Soldier (uncredited) Moro Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ted Hecht
Japanese Announcer (uncredited) Japanese Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Loo
Filipino (uncredited) Filipino (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rudy Robles
Moro Soldier (uncredited) Moro Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Stevens
Filipino (uncredited) Filipino (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leonard Strong
Japanese Officer (uncredited) Japanese Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 85 votes