Singapore Film Locations Archive

Anjoran Nasib / A Twist of Fate (1952)

Original film title in Malay: Anjoran Nasib
English title: A Twist of Fate

Directed by B. S. Rajhans
Language: Malay
Starring: P. Ramlee, Mariam
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)

Film Locations:
Night entertainment venues (Shaw Brothers-owned)
Rex Cinema (Mackenzie Road)
Open-air café at Great World Amusement Park
Clifford Pier
Old Sea View Hotel (Meyer Road)
Runme Shaw’s Villa (Queen Astrid Park)

 

Maimun (Mariam) is a celebrated singer at the Rex Theatre. She is in love with young police inspector Bahar (P. Ramlee). Bahar and his sister are placed under the guardianship of their uncle, Razak, after their father left them to live and work in Java, Indonesia. Before his death, the father receives a wedding invitation from Bahar (who is getting married to Maimun), and a pleading letter from Bahar’s sister which reveals the hardship of ill-treatment by their guardian-uncle Razak. The father, on his death bed, sends his loyal secretary to Singapore to look after his children’s interests. The secretary lands at Clifford Pier. While waiting for a taxi, he encounters a thief who resembles his employer (Bahar’s father), clears him of his petty crimes, and invites him for tea at the old Sea View Hotel. There, he comes up with a plan to deal with Razak the vicious uncle.

 

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Further Reading:
1. Genevieve Loh, ‘The return of Rex’. Today, 20 April 2009, p. 24.
2. Clifford PierSingapore Infopedia, National Library Board. 2004.
3. Old Sea View Hotel. Singapore Infopedia, National Library Board. 2007.

Film Images:
© 1952 Malay Film Productions
© 2002 Music Valley

Digital Map Source:
Great Britain. Royal Air Force, Singapore photomap, National Library of Australia, MAP G8041.A4 s6 1950. [http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-vn502375]

Photographs:
© 2014 Toh Hun Ping

 

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