Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect.



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Complete credited cast:
Tugwell 'Tug' Hintten
Dr. Warren
Tito Renaldo ...
Emilio Gomez
Pablo Gomez


In pursuit of stolen aircraft engines on a Central American island, federal agent Rigby meets chief suspect Hintten and his wife Elizabeth, a sultry cafe singer; and is watched by Bealer, a "pie-shaped man" with sore feet. Rigby knows he's on the right track when Bealer offers him money to leave Carlota. When Rigby and Elizabeth are drawn to each other, the gang realizes there's more than one kind of bribe. Everybody sweats. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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5 Great Stars in a Daring Drama of Love and Adventure !


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Release Date:

25 August 1949 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Geheimaktion Carlotta  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Some scenes were re-purposed in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". See more »


Elizabeth: Your head!
Rigby: Yeah, it got caught in a broken promise.
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La Perica
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by William Katz
Sung by extras in fiesta scenes
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Classic 1949 Film
18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like a full cast of great veteran actors, this B&W film is perfect to entertain you from beginning to the very end. Robert Taylor,(Rigby) is a Government Agent assigned to investigate the misuse of Government surplus from World War II and mostly airplane engines that were being smuggled out of Central America and sold to other countries. Rigby is given some information to lead him in the right direction to find out just who is involved in this operation. Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Hintten, is married to John Hodiak,(Tug Hintten) and Rigby gets very involved with this couple and especially Tug's wife. There is a creepy, dirty fat looking guy, played by Charles Laughton,(J.J. Bealer) who follows Rigby like his own shadow. Vincent Price,(Carwood) met Rigby on the airplane going to Central America and met him once again for a fishing trip to catch a swordfish and Carwood gets confused and throws the boat's engine into reverse and causes all kinds of problems. If you like veteran actors giving outstanding performances, this is the film for you.

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