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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)
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Unusual film for Cary Grant 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)
 
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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson:Good Morning
Helen Ferguson:Good Morning
Helen Ferguson:New mouthwash?
[after a kiss]
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson:Moonshine rinse
[used liquor to brush his teeth since there was no water]
Helen Ferguson:Where'd you get the coffee?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson:I swiped it
[coffee was taken from their captors]
Helen Ferguson:Thank you darling.
[...]
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Unusual film for Cary Grant, 29 May 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Cary Grant is a noted surgeon traveling with his wife (Paula Raymond) in a Latin American country when there's a "Crisis." This 1950 black and white film also stars Jose Ferrer, Leon Ames, Ramon Novarro, and Gilbert Roland. Grant, as Dr. Ferguson, and his wife are trying to leave the country due to political unrest when they are kidnapped and brought to the home of the country's dictator, Raoul Farrago (Ferrer). There, they learn from his wife (Signe Hasso) that the leader is dying of a brain tumor, and options for an operation are few as no one wants him to live. Ferguson agrees on certain conditions. Ultimately, his wife is involved in a riot, and he sends her home. It isn't until the surgery is over that he learns that certain things have been kept from him.

This is actually a very good and underrated film, not the usual Cary Grant type of role or movie, which in itself should have sparked some interest when it was released. People know the handsome Grant and his debonair persona, his gift for physical comedy and the way he has with a line - but it's nice to remember occasionally that underneath all that star power and tailored suits there's a fine actor. Here he plays a man who makes a commitment to a patient he plainly doesn't like, and he has to fight to control his emotions. His anger over the situation makes this difficult. Ferrer is terrific as a violent man who thinks of his people as dumb children as he feathers his own nest with money that rightfully belongs to them. As his Evita-like wife, Signe Hasso has a chance to show her capabilities, and she's excellent - charming on the surface, worried about her husband, and hard as nails underneath. Hasso was a wonderful Swedish actress often relegated to B movies or to small roles in A films. Eventually she turned to theater and television. Here we see, had the roles been there for her, what a find she truly was.

It's always great to see old-timers Gilbert Roland and Ramon Novarro, the latter as Colonel Dragon, and the former as a revolutionary who wants Grant to kill Farrago on the operating table. Actually he's no better than Farrago, and Ferguson gets a bird's eye look at oppression politics.

A very good film; worth seeing for Grant, Ferrer and Hasso.

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