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

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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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Final film of Samuel S. Hinds. See more »

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Rigby: Look, why don't you stop acting like you're alone in the jungle?
Elizabeth: I'm not?
Rigby: OK, so you are, but you'd be surprised how nice the birds and the beasts can be if you'll only give them a chance.
Elizabeth: Tell me, Rigby, do you fly, walk on all fours...or crawl?
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More Than One Kind of Bribe
17 June 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor is an FBI man looking into a racket south of the border of black marketeers stealing and selling war surplus material, in this case airplane motors.

The story takes him to Central America where he meets up with a debonair sportsman, Vincent Price, a rather seedy character with sore and sweaty feet, Charles Laughton and a husband and wife John Hodiak and Ava Gardner stranded in the tropics.

They're all suspects, but Taylor is quite ready to forget his job with Ava Gardner around. He wouldn't be the first guy to think with his hormones where she's concerned. That's what I'm talking about when I say more than one kind of bribe.

The story is pretty slow moving though. Taylor seems to have the evidence he needs or where to get it. But the plot does drag on. The film seems to rely on the attractiveness of the leads to keep the audience interested.

There are two good scenes, one where Taylor almost becomes a shark's lunch and the climax where the chief villain meets a pyrotechnical end.

If you like the cast involved, The Bribe is probably time well spent.


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