The Scavengers (1959 film)

The Scavengers is a 1959 Filipino crime film that was directed by John Cromwell, and starred Vince Edwards and Carol Ohmart. Shot on location in the Crown Colony of Hong Kong, it was produced by former US Navy fighter pilot Kane W. Lynn and Filipino director Eddie Romero (who also wrote the screenplay). It was released in December, 1959[1] as a double feature in the U.S. with Terror Is a Man by Hal Roach's Valiant Pictures.[2]

The Scavengers
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Cromwell
Produced byKane W. Lynn
Eddie Romero
Written byEddie Romero
StarringVince Edwards
Carol Ohmart
Vic Diaz
Music byTito Arevalo
CinematographyFelipe Sacdalan
Edited byGervacio Santos
Lynn-Romero Productions
Independent International Pictures
Hemisphere Pictures
Release date
Running time
79 minutes

The Scavengers was re-released in 1963 as City of Sin[3] by Lynn's new company, Hemisphere Pictures.


Former Korean War pilot Stuart Allison has been searching the Orient for his wife who deserted him six years ago. Now running a smuggling operation in Hong Kong, he sights his wife Marian boarding a ferry to Macau. Allison is pursued by both the Royal Hong Kong Police and a mystery man named O'Hara, who inform him that his wife is now a cocaine addict and involved in smuggling stolen bonds embezzled by a missing former Nationalist Chinese general.



The film was director John Cromwell's penultimate feature film. Making their debuts in the film were Jerusalem born dancer Tamar Benamy (born Tamar Ben-Ami March 9, 1937 - August 31, 1997) and RTHK broadcaster John Wallace, who also appeared in Ferry to Hong Kong. The film is credited as "introducing" Vic Diaz, though he had previously appeared in several Philippine films.


  1. Warren, Bill (1986). Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2. McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 768
  2. p.36 Smith, Don G. H.G. Wells on Film: The Utopian Nightmare McFarland, 15 July 2002
  3. p. 66 Coursodon, Jean Pierre & Sauvage, Pierre American Directors Volume 1 McGraw-Hill, 1983

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