The Scavengers

Synopsis: This low-budget Asian-set adventure concerns The reformed smuggler Stuart Allison finds his missing wife Marion in Hong Kong. Marion has fallen in with a bad crowd and is involved with narcotics and stolen government bonds, requiring Stuart to extricate her from her woes.
Director(s): John Cromwell
Production: Valiant Films
79 min

(dramatic orchestral music)

- Well, kanpai ex-partner.

- Kanpai.

When are you leaving Hong Kong?

- Oh, no hurry.

I don't have to be in Manila

'til the end of the month.

- [Mr. Puan] What does

Marissa say about it?

- Haven't told her.

- A good girl that one.

I like her.

- Yeah, she's a good girl.

I'm gonna feel bad

about leaving her,

but I'm leaving just the same.

- I think you're making

a big mistake, Stuart.

You don't even know if

Philippinel Ranch will take you.

- We'll see.

- What are you really

looking for, Stuart?

- A fella named Stuart Allison.

He's been gone a long time.

If I don't start looking for

him pretty soon, I may...

- What's the matter?

(expression in foreign language)

- Marion?

(boat horn blowing)

(whistles blowing)

(intense orchestral music)


- Making us another

little visit, I see.

The usual thing, eh?


- [Stuart] I didn't start it.

- Of course not.


It does happen to you with

almost haikuic regularity,

doesn't it?

- Hearing on Friday, 10:00 a.m.,

municipal court, room 16.

- A few parting words

if you don't mind.

We have treated you

rather decently thus far

under the circumstances,

but we really don't

like smugglers

even if they happen

to be Americans.

I'm afraid we are

bound to great more

and morals as time goes by.

Most unfortunate.

- Well don't sweat over it,

I just went out

of business today.

- Really?

How did that happen?

- I was offered a job in Manila.

Sold my interest in a boat.

- So Mr. Puan now takes over

sole management of the firm?

- I'm going into the

fishing business, Inspector.

- No doubt about it.

Well, good luck to both of you.

So nice to have had

this little chat.

(daunting orchestral music)


- Bourbon.

(bouncy orchestral jazz music)

(coin clanking)

(suspenseful music)

(dramatic orchestral bursts)



- Hey what's going here?

- [O'Hara] No, no, no.

They did not get anything.

- American?

- Officer, they went that way.

I think you can

still catch them.

- Who?

- The robbers.

Two of them.

And they were

hidden in the dark.

And as I past them,

they jumped me.

Fortunately, this

gentlemen came along.

They did not get my wallet.

- What did they look like?

- They were bigger than me.

It was so dark,

and it happened so suddenly.

- [Voiceover] Hey, come on here.

- You wait here.

- You wanted to talk?

I'm listening.

- Do you like chestnuts?

- No, and I wouldn't

like to Tango

with you again,

but I will have to.

- My name is Casimir O'Hara.

It's not really a strange name.

It just happens to be

Chinese, Filipino, Irish.

- Why were you

following me all day?

- You're looking for a

woman named Marion Kramer.

Is that correct?

- You know where she is?

- What do you know

about Ms. Kramer,

and what do you have

to do about her?

- Just this, she just doesn't

happen to be Ms. Kramer,

she's Mrs. Stuart Allison.


- Try again Mr. Allison.

I have been acquainted

at Ms. Kramer

for almost five years now.

- And she walked out

on me six years ago.

I was a flyer in the Korean War.

I left her in Tokyo.

When I got back she was gone.

Just disappeared.

She could've been

dead for all I knew.

Can't you understand?

She just vanished,

walked out on me.

I was only married

to her two months

when I got called

back in service,

and I knew her a couple

of weeks before that.

Her going off like that

came out of left field.

All I could do was look for her.

Spent every dime I had.

Even begged,

borrowed, and stole.

Only thing was important

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Eddie Romero

Edgar Sinco Romero (July 7, 1924 – May 28, 2013) was a Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter. Romero was named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, and his body of work delved into the history and politics of his country. His 1976 film Ganito Kami Noon…Paano Kayo Ngayon?, set at the turn of the 20th century during the revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community. Aguila situated a family’s story against the backdrop of Filipino history, while Kamakalawa explored the folklore of prehistoric Philippines. Banta ng Kahapon, his "small" political film, was set against the turmoil of the late 1960s, tracing the connection of the underworld to the corrupt halls of politics. His 13-part series Noli Me Tangere brought Philippine national hero José Rizal's novel to a new generation of viewers. Romero directed some critically acclaimed war films in the early 1960s, such as Lost Battalion (1960), The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) and The Walls of Hell (1964). Along with Filipino-language (Tagalog language) films, he made English-language films that became cult classics, like Black Mama, White Mama, Beast of the Yellow Night, The Woman Hunt, Beyond Atlantis and The Twilight People and worked with American actors like John Ashley and Pam Grier. Romero's films, the National Artist citation stated, "are delivered in an utterly simple style – minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable." Quentin Tarantino drew on Twilight People as an inspiration for his "grindhouse" homages.Romero is especially known to horror film fans for his three "Blood Island" films from the late 1960s - Brides of Blood (1968), Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) and Beast of Blood (1970), which he directed and co-produced. Romero later called his American-financed “cult” films – including the “Blood Island” series – “the worst things I ever did”. When the kung fu craze started in the 1970s, Romero turned his back on the international market for Filipino films which he had virtually created. After 1976, he made smaller, more personal "art" films in Tagalog.Romero was born on July 7, 1924 to Jose E. Romero and his first wife, Pilar Guzman Sinco. Married to Carolina Gonzalez, Romero was also for a time the partner of actress Mila del Sol. He had three children: film director and MTRCB board member Joey Romero, Ancel Romero and Leo Romero. Eddie Romero was an alumnus of Silliman University. He died on May 28, 2013. He had been suffering from prostate cancer when he developed a blood clot in his brain more…

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