Finch is an idealistic, pacifist doctor running a small hospital in the village of Selim in northern Malaya. His estranged wife, Ure, arrives to try to patch up their failing marriage, but he doesn't seem interested, being more concerned with his fledgling affair with native nurse Parry.
Political unrest increases in this tropic locale as native workers go on strike against rubber-plantation owners. The conscientious doctor at first tries to mediate the dispute, but when the owners begin repressive measures backed by government policemen, he hides union leader Cairney in his
hospital while continuing to work for a peaceful settlement. As the police come down on all dissenters, most of the workers take to the hills. Finch goes up to talk to them but is captured by the insurgent, and apparently communist, rebel army most of the strikers have joined. He escapes from them
and finds that the government, which had promised to give Finch time to talk the rebels down, has double-crossed him and called in the army to put down the uprising. Utterly disillusioned by betrayals all around him, he packs his bags to leave the country, but Ure convinces him to remain and care
for the wounded while continuing to work for peace. Good, intelligent drama with an excellent, heartfelt performance by Finch, this film was indirectly based on the life of Dr. Gordon S. Seagrave, who was imprisoned in Burma for aiding communist insurgents.
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