KONTRABANDO (1950). KONTRABANDO was one of three films produced by LVN that reflected the heavy American influence in the Philippines in fighting communism. The Cold War was heating up between the US and the Soviet Union. In 1949, the Communists had just taken China and fear of Communist infiltration into the country was not taken lightly by the Government and their American advisers, especially since the Huk movement was still a thorn on the Government side.
The other two films were KOREA (1952) and HUK SA BAGONG PAMUMUHAY (1953. KONTRABANDO tells the story of a Government double agent, Lt. Diego (Jaime De La Rosa), who infiltrates a syndicate dealing with guns, opium and Red Chinese infiltrators. The story includes a ‘Moro’ connection, since one of the drop-off points for the contraband materials was Jolo. Heavily influenced by American spy and gangster movies of the late 1940s, KONTRABANDO was a man’s film, as contrasted to the usual output of the studio that hewed closer to Doña Sisang’s tastes – musical comedies and costume fantasies.
KONTRABANDO (1950). Directed by Gregorio Fernandez. Starring Jaime De La Rosa, Celia Flor, Tony Santos, Milagros Naval, Eusebio Gomez. Supported by Ezar Visenio, Armando Garces, Jose Corazon De Jesus, Jr., Juanito Montes, Citas Javellana, G. M. F., Martin Marfil, Jose Evangelista, Tita Ramirez, Ray Bayona, Mauro Cajigal, Flor Bien, Vic Ubago, Franco Quintana, Amado Cortez, Natoy Catindig. Cinematogrpahy by Ray Lacap; Music by Josefino Cenizal; Screenplay by Armando Garces.