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Crisis (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  7 July 1950 (USA)
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Dr Ferguson is a brain surgeon, on vacation with his wife in a small Spanish-speaking country. This is actually a dictatorship ruled by tyrant Raoul Farrago. As they leave the country, Dr ... See full summary »

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Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson
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Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
Paula Raymond ...
Helen Ferguson
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Senora Isabel Farrago
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Colonel Adragon
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Roland Gonzales
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Sam Proctor
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Dr Ferguson is a brain surgeon, on vacation with his wife in a small Spanish-speaking country. This is actually a dictatorship ruled by tyrant Raoul Farrago. As they leave the country, Dr and Madam are arrested and lead to Farrago. He has a tumor that has to be removed quickly. Ferguson's duty is to cure sick people, but letting Farrago die would be a relief for the people... Written by Yepok

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7 July 1950 (USA)  »

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$1,616,455 (estimated)
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Although great pains were used to disguise the name of the country in the film, Dr. Ferguson mentions that Pres. Farrago should go to a neurological hospital (which he mentions is just across the border) in Chile - which narrows the country down to either Argentina, Bolivia, or Peru. Other hints include: Peso/Dollar law, the blankets worn on the train, license plates on vehicles. See more »

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[Farago is about to be operated by Eugene]
Raoul Farrago: Doctor, do many people die in an operation like this?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: Under the best conditions, about 12 percent. These are not the best conditions.
Raoul Farrago: You don't like me, do you?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: I try to regard my patients impersonally.
Raoul Farrago: Can you?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: No.
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Another attempt by Cary Grant to break away
27 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Crisis represents yet another attempt by Cary Grant to break away from his light leading man image and do something with more drama. His last attempt was None But the Lonely Heart which got great critical notices, an Oscar nomination for him and died at the box office. The public just didn't want to see him in stuff like Crisis.

The film is one of a very few non-musical productions by Arthur Freed at MGM. And the original story was intended for Spencer Tracy who was to be a neurosurgeon traveling in Latin America with a 10 year old daughter. The powers that be decided a little romance was needed so Tracy was substituted by Grant and he was given a wife played by Paula Raymond instead of a daughter.

He's a neurosurgeon and when the powers that be discover him in their country he's brought to the presidential palace to operate on Peron like dictator Jose Ferrer. Then the rebels capture Paula Raymond and Grant's got a dilemma.

Signe Hasso who was cast in the role of the first lady bears more than a passing resemblance to Eva Peron does the best job in the film. Cast in Latino parts are such Hollywood Latinos as Raymond Novarro, Gilbert Roland, Antonio Moreno, and Pedro deCordoba. All perform well.

Crisis marked Richard Brooks's directorial debut and he wrote the script as well. Unfortunately the same thing happened here as did to None But the Lonely Heart. Great reviews and it lost money. Brooks was established as a director though.


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