To see a movie like this makes us glad to have the modern cinema. I have Amazon Prime Video and am taking advantage of it with a vengeance.
Director Edward L. Cahn has some 127 directorial credits across a span from 1931 to 1962. This 1958 film noir spy offering came near the end of his career. He learned a lot about making movies quickly and cheaply but not much about making good ones.
Gene Berry plays an early version of the modern spy heroes like James Bond. He has quips. He is unflappable under dire situations. There are pretty girls. If this sounds a bit like Bond to you, you would have it right. But the fights are ludicrous, even the gunfights. The actors simply push the pistols, all revolvers by the way, in the general direction of the enemy and let fly. Never did a single shot cut lose after aiming.
There is no sexual energy between Berry, the spy, and Allison Hayes, his love interest. Zip, nothing. Hayes also played in "The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman." Beverly Tyler plays the bad girl.
The setup, the plot, is stupid and unconvincing. The sets of Hong Kong and Macao are obviously just that, sets. We get a voice over to explain stuff that happens off-screen, which is lame.
All in all, this is a not very good B reel movie. I like movies and watching this helps me to understand what makes a good one and what makes a bad one.
Thanks to Amazon Prime Video for having this moldy oldie for me to watch.