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Flame of Stamboul (1951)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 March 1951 (USA)
A gang of thieves in Istanbul, led by a mastermind criminal known as "The Voice", are planning to steal defense plans important to the protection of the Suez Canal during a peace conference... See full summary »

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A gang of thieves in Istanbul, led by a mastermind criminal known as "The Voice", are planning to steal defense plans important to the protection of the Suez Canal during a peace conference to be held there. Larry Wilson, an American intelligence agent, is sent to the scene of the plot. The plans have been hidden in the jewel box belonging to a wealthy Egyptian attending the conference. As part of the plan, the gang hires Lynette Garay to assume the identity of a dancer known as the "Flame of Stamboul" and get friendly with the son of the Egyptian. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A spy flick that never ignites
15 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Flame of Stamboul" begins in Istanbul but is mostly set in Cairo, Egypt. It was made just before big social and political changes swept the Middle East, and this film has a kind of 1940s feel to it. But unlike the '40s spy classics, it lacks suspense.

The "Flame" in the title is a nightclub dancer who agrees to take part in a big jewel heist, never guessing that it is really an espionage operation. She also doesn't realize that American agents are on her trail.

The beginning of the movie is the best, when things are still murky enough to be intriguing. But once it becomes clear what's going, the plot just kind of unfolds, without any interesting twists. And the dancing is unimpressive, even though the "Flame" is supposed to be the hottest entertainer in the Levant.

George Zucco plays the master spy known as "the Voice." This was one of his final films before he retired for health reasons, and he looks sluggish and frail. You could say the same about the movie.


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