Russell's then-racy promotional posters for the film, in which she posed seductively on a pile of straw, cemented her image as a sex symbol and sparked censorship, delaying the movie's release for several years. But it also made her a star. She went on to appear opposite some of Hollywood's most desirable leading men and to play the physical foil to Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
In the 1970s, Russell put her famous figure back to work as a spokesperson for Playtex bras. She died Feb. 28, 2011, at age 89.
Josef von Sternberg's classic mystery follows a trio of travelers who cross paths on the way to the Asian port city of Macao, then become caught up in a conflict between Chinese cops and an American gangster once they arrive. On the lam for a crime he didn't commit, Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) meets a job-seeking singer (Jane Russell) and a salesman on a gambling vacation. When things heat up in Macao, it turns out they're all hiding secrets.
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