- Spencer Tracy: Carnaghan
- James Stewart: Royer
- Valentina Cortese: Luana
- Sydney Greenstreet: Dutch
- John Hodiak: Kellar
- Lionel Barrymore: Manchester
- Gilbert Roland: Romano
- Richard Loo: Colonel Tomura
- Roland Winters: Gruber
- Ian MacDonald: Tassuma
Malaya is an American adventure film directed by Richard Thorpe from 1949, based on the story East of the Rising Sun by Manchester Boddy.
The smuggler Carnaghan is released on the condition of the prison to help John Royer. He should smuggle the rubber from the Japanese occupied Malaya. The two can not enter the country and meet there Carnaghans contact man, a Dutch bar owners. The hires a gang of failed lives, among them Romano.
Through bribery and threat the group can obtain all available rubber. But the Japanese commander, Colonel Tomura, becomes suspicious of the smuggling plan. On the last tour, the people and the rest of the rubber should be brought to a freighter. The suspicious Carnaghan has the feeling of walking into an ambush. Royer ignored his warnings. The Japanese soldiers expect the smugglers and kill Royer. The otherwise cynical Carnaghan manages to carry out his mission.
"As kriegsgewinnlerisches adventure with dry irony treated as necessary, ' too safe embellished business for his country with heroism. "
- As the location was the Botanical Gardens of Los Angeles.
- The film was the last work of Sydney Greenstreet, Lionel Barrymore turned after three films.
- A small supporting role, which was not mentioned in the credits, played the later Star Trek Star DeForest Kelley.
- The film has an Oscar-winning star cast on Tracy won two Academy Awards (1938, 1939), a Barrymore (1931 ), as well as Stewart ( 1941).
- At later Oscar honor came Composer Caper (1954 ), Production Designer, Malcolm Brown ( 1957), costume designer Valles (1961) and art director Henry Grace (1959).
- Grace's colleague was Cedric Gibbons, who won a total of eleven Oscars. Set Decorator Edwin B. Willis came up with eight statues and sound engineer Douglas Shearer on seven ( addition there were six special - and honorary Oscar ). André Previn, here served as orchestra leader, was honored four times.
- The special effects technician A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe came as oscar awards to the set. Together they won in 1945, 1948 and 1953, three Oscars. Gillespie won another in 1960 and was given a special Oscar in 1964.
Prohibition and released in the Federal Republic
The Voluntary control of the film industry (FSK ) banned the film at first because he was " a glorification of military action " leg hold. The Working Committee of the FSK was in his report of 25 April 1950 Malaya hampers " our efforts to bring about a responsible clarify the current political situation - in the sense that a wrongs will be seen ." The film could give by inappropriate comparisons resentment and food motivation and act as a detonator. The judgment is not final, but " from our current political situation to understand out. " The premiere took place in Germany until August 9, 1955.