Golden Salamander (1950)

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A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.



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British archaeologist David Redfern comes to Tunisia to catalog a collection of art relics and stumbles into evidence of a gun-smuggling racket. Hesitant at first to get involved or even to report the information, he becomes convinced he must do the right thing after a young man is murdered. By then, though, the smugglers know Redfern knows too much and they target him for death. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (Finland)  »

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David Redfern: [reading inscription] 'To Zeus, from Apollodorus. Not by ignoring evil does one overcome it, but by going to meet it.'
Aribi: The world has more evil than a dog fleas. We were given eyes, but for our comfort the wisdom of knowing when to shut them.
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GOLDEN SALAMANDER (Ronald Neame, 1950) **1/2
5 March 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Watchable British thriller about gun-running in Post-WWII Tunisia with faint echoes of THE MALTESE FALCON (1941; except that the title artifact bears little relation to the main plot!), TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) and THE THIRD MAN (1949; not least the presence of two of its cast members), but is perhaps too low-key to be really memorable. Nonetheless, the film has a remarkable cast (Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimee', Herbert Lom, Walter Rilla, Miles Malleson, Jacques Sernas, Wilfrid Hyde-White) and nice, noir-ish atmosphere going for it - and is short enough (87 minutes, though some sources give this as 96!) to keep tedium at bay...which could result from its lack of incident (apart from a couple of confrontation scenes and a climactic fistfight between Howard and Lom) or the incongruous pairing of its two leads.

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