Doctor (1958)

Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by Phani Majumdar Language: Malay Starring: Zaiton, Aziz Jaafar, S. Kadarisman Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Coastal kampong (Tanjong Kling?) University of Malaya (Singapore) at Bukit Timah Road (formerly Raffles College)   Doctor is another of director Phani Majumdar’s (social realist) melodrama films that was set in then-contemporary Singapore, immediately following his gritty film about child delinquency – Masharakat Pinchang. It tells the story of a village carpenter and boat-builder Bakar (S. […]

Masharakat Pinchang / Imperfect Society (1958)

Original film title in Malay: Masharakat Pinchang Literal English translation of film title: Imperfect Society Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by B. H. Chua (Chua Boon Hean) (story) Language: Malay Starring: Tony Castillo, Rosnani, Neng Yatimah, Junainah Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Collyer Quay Shophouse coffeeshop Run Run Shaw’s seafront villa (440A, Upper East Coast Road) Street market Offshore kelong   As a movie advertisement posted on newspaper Berita Harian (12 May 1958) described, Masharakat Pinchang is […]

Kaseh Sayang / Love and Devotion (1957)

Original film title in Malay: Kaseh Sayang English title: Love and Devotion Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by Phani Majumdar Language: Malay Starring: Saadiah, Neng Yatimah, Haji Mahadi, Jins Shamsuddin, Hashimah Yon Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Year of release: 1957 Film Locations: Seafront villa (presumably owned by Shaw Brothers; located at Loyang?) Ocean liner anchored off Singapore Harbour Kampong Glam Malay Girls’ School (Arab Street)   A wealthy Javanese couple decided to abandon their home in Singapore […]

Anak-ku Sazali / My Son Sazali (1956)

Original film title in Malay: Anak-ku Sazali Literal English translation of film title: My Son Sazali Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by Phani Majumdar Language: Malay Starring: P. Ramlee, Zaiton, Rosnani, Nordin Ahmad Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and coffeeshop Sandy beach with pillbox (along the East Coast?) Marine Parade Jetty at Joo Chiat Road end Junction of Balestier Road, Prome Road & Jalan Kemaman Singapore Police Radio Division, Combined Operations Room […]

Adek Ku / Two Brothers (1956)

Original film title in Malay: Adek Ku English title: Two Brothers Directed by B. N. Rao Written by Phani Majumdar Language: Malay Starring: Rosnani, Ahmad Mahmud, Saloma, Haji Mahadi Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Sawmill in Singapore? (at Kallang Basin where there was a thriving sawn timber industry in the 1950s?)   As the film title suggests, Adek Ku is a story about two brothers – Suhaimi, a swinging bachelor who frequents a dance hall in […]

Hang Tuah (1956)

Original film title in Malay: Hang Tuah Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by Mubin C. ff Sheppard (adaptation) Language: Malay Starring: P. Ramlee, Saadiah, Zaiton, Ahmad Mahmud Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Pulau Sekudu   The story of the revered 15th century Malay warrior Hang Tuah and his four sworn brothers is made into a film by the Shaw Brothers, directed by a seasoned filmmaker from India (Phani Majumdar); based on an English book The Adventures […]

Menyerah / Surrender (1955)

Original film title in Malay: Menyerah Literal English translation of film title: Surrender Directed by K. M Basker Written by Phani Majumdar Language: Malay Starring: Yusof Latiff, Latifah Omar, Siput Sarawak, S. Kadarisman Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: 荣裕当 ‘Chop Wing Joo’ Pawnshop (at No. 103, Tanjong Pagar Road) Shophouses in Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown Outram Prison (Pearl’s Hill Prison) Disused Tunnels Empress Place, Queen Elizabeth Walk (Esplanade Park) Paya Lebar Police Station   After directing a series […]

1950 – 1959

This is a list of film titles that were released between 1950 – 1959 and produced in Singapore, or featured places and spaces in Singapore. * denotes a title that is in the video collection of the Singapore Film Locations Archive # denotes a title with film location review (click the link to read review) [s] denotes a short film [f] denotes a feature film Year of Release / Original Title / English Title / Director / Production Co. 1950 / […]

Filmography (1950 – 1959)

This is a list of film titles that were released between 1950 – 1959 and produced in Singapore, or featured places and spaces in Singapore. * denotes a title that is in the video collection of the Singapore Film Locations Archive # denotes a title with film location review (click the link to read review) [s] denotes a short film [f] denotes a feature film Year of Release / Original Title / English Title / Director / Production Co. 1950 / […]