The New Pictures, Mar. 8, 1948

To the Ends of the Earth (Columbia) shows Treasury Agent Dick Powell hounding his quarry from San Francisco to Shanghai to Cairo to Beirut to Havana to New York. The picture has something of the gallivanting glamour of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. It is based on actual files in the Narcotics Bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department.

"Based" is such an elastic word, it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Everybody (especially Vladimir Sokoloff) acts like a character in a half-believable movie melodrama. But some of the things they do...