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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screenplay)
George Tabori (story)
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Release Date:
7 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Carefree Cary Grant on a gay holiday with his lovely bride walks right into DANGER! See more »
Plot:
Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
An unfortunate matter of timing See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson

José Ferrer ... Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
Paula Raymond ... Helen Ferguson

Signe Hasso ... Senora Isabel Farrago

Ramon Novarro ... Colonel Adragon

Gilbert Roland ... Roland Gonzales

Leon Ames ... Sam Proctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Barbe ... Friend of Farrago (uncredited)
Orlando Beltran ... Doctor's Assistant (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ... Servant (uncredited)
George Brady ... Student (uncredited)
Robert Cabal ... Very Young Man (uncredited)
Andy Carillo ... Man at Table (uncredited)
Bridget Carr ... Guest (uncredited)
Teresa Celli ... Rosa Aldana (uncredited)
Carlos Conde ... Man (uncredited)
Rita Conde ... Pretty Woman (uncredited)
Mickey Contreras ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Father Del Puento (uncredited)
David Cota ... Student (uncredited)
Larry Crane ... Student (uncredited)
Fernando Del Valle ... Bull Routine Man (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ... Friend of Farrago (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Rubio (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Proud Little Man (uncredited)
Carlos Figueroa ... Old Man (uncredited)
Joaquin Garay ... Student (uncredited)
Captain Garcia ... Miguel Farrago (uncredited)
Kenneth Garcia ... Guest (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Señor Magano (uncredited)
John George ... Man in Crowd on Street (uncredited)
Eddie Gomez ... Doctor's Assistant (uncredited)
Rafael Gomez ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vicente Gómez ... Cariago (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... Student (uncredited)
Samuel Herrera ... Man at Door (uncredited)
Phyllis Hill ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Lillian Israel ... Nurse (uncredited)
Maurice Jara ... Luis (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez ... Raoul's Mother, Señora Farrago (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Bob Lugo ... Soldier (uncredited)
Myron Marks ... Soldier (uncredited)
Margaret Martin ... Indian Woman (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Man with Scar (uncredited)
Melba Meredith ... Woman in Café (uncredited)
Carlotta Monti ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Robust Indian (uncredited)
Connie Montoya ... Nurse (uncredited)

Antonio Moreno ... Dr. Emilio Nierra (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Student (uncredited)
George Navarro ... Dr. Gracian (uncredited)
Robert Polo ... Man at Table (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... Man at Table (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... General Valdini (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Marco Aldana (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Nervous Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Man with Valise / Voice on Loudspeaker (uncredited)
Danilo Valente ... Eduardo (uncredited)
Trina Varella ... Guest (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Guest (uncredited)
Zacharias Yaconelli ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roque Ybarra ... Man in Car (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay)

George Tabori (story)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Rader .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ruby Rosenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard W. Koch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank E. Myers .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Hugh Hunt .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John M. Nickolaus Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Parkins .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Vicente Gómez .... musician: guitar solo (as Vicente Gomez)
Miklós Rózsa .... musical director (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don McDougall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #14464)

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Trivia:
The original story was about the doctor's daughter getting kidnapped and no wife, but once MGM had Cary Grant cast they insisted on a re-write so that Grant would have a love interest in the film.See more »
Quotes:
[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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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
An unfortunate matter of timing, 16 April 2004
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Sometimes timing of movies ruins a possible award - witness how two splendid films, ALL ABOUT EVE (about the underbelly of the theatre)and SUNSET BOULEVARD (about the underbelly of the movies) came out in 1950, and managed to keep each other from sweeping the Oscars that year (although both did share in the Oscars). Each had great actresses in performances of stature (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as Margo and Eve, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond) up for best actress - but it was the year for Judy Holiday for Billie Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY.

That same year, this nice little political thriller came out. It told the story of political intrigue in Latin America, complicated by the failing health of a dictator, and how an American doctor is torn between the threats of the dictator's regime and of the local revolutionaries. Cary Grant actually had a non-suave role here - he had serious things confronting him, like his dislike of his prospective patient (Jose Ferrer) and fears for his wife. Richard Brooks in his screenplay looked at such figures as the Argentine Perons (Signe Hasso plays the dictator's wife, like a clone of Evita), and notes the huge statues and pictures of the dictators - an early observation of what we call "the cult of personality". Ferrer is properly despicable, as a man capable of any act of violence for advantage, but also sickly due to his brain tumor. He also occasionally brings out points that pure democracy fans do not like to discuss: as he tells Grant Americans are perfectly willing to patiently stand in line for purchasing items or seeing movies, but in his country after a few minutes people standing in line start fighting and rioting. The opposition to Ferrer is little better than he is. Witness Gilbert Roland, who okays the kidnapping of Grant's wife, and once the dictator is dead starts telling Grant "These people are children who need a leader to tell them what to do." Someone disagrees with Roland, for he is shot by a sniper shortly after. The film ends with Grant sarcastically taking care of a panicking Roland and sneering at his political beliefs at the same time.

It was ahead of its time in dissecting Latin American political reality. So why is CRISIS so little recalled, while other Grant thrillers (like NORTH BY NORTHWEST or NOTORIOUS - both by Hitchcock) are remembered. Not due to production or script or acting. Rather timing. In 1950 Douglas Fairbanks and Glynis Johns and Jack Hawkins appeared in the movie STATE SECRET. Set in a fictional Balkan country (supposedly Yugoslavia, but fictitious) a British surgeon is forced to take care of an ailing dictator, who undergoes a secret operation. But the dictator dies, and Fairbanks tries to flee the country aided by Johns. Almost the same type of plot (although a different part of the world). Both films deserve revival. And like ALL ABOUT EVE and SUNSET BOULEVARD, both checkmated each other's full effectiveness in that year of coincidences 1950.

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