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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Saul (screen play) &
James Gunn (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
29 July 1952 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(6 articles)
User Reviews:
Trinidad Lady See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Rita Hayworth ... Chris Emery

Glenn Ford ... Steve Emery
Alexander Scourby ... Max Fabian
Valerie Bettis ... Veronica Huebling
Torin Thatcher ... Inspector Smythe
Howard Wendell ... Anderson
Karel Stepanek ... Walters

George Voskovec ... Doctor Franz Huebling
Steven Geray ... Wittol
Walter Kohler ... Peter Bronec

Juanita Moore ... Dominique
Gregg Martell ... Olaf, Fabian's Chauffeur
Mort Mills ... Martin, Wittol's Henchman
Ralph Moody ... Coroner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Baker ... Baker - Airport Clerk (uncredited)
Don Blackman ... The Bobby (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Fisherman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ross Elliott ... Corpse of Neal Emery (uncredited)
Calvin Emery ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Fisherman Jeffrey Mabetes (uncredited)
Roy Glenn ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer ... Chris Emery (singing voice) (uncredited)
Don Kohler ... Jimmy Peters - Reporter (uncredited)
Charles MacNiles ... Calypso Singer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Cafe Table Extra (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Leonidas Ossetynski ... Refugee (uncredited)
John Parlow ... Butler (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Refugee (uncredited)
John Sherman ... Englishman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Albert Szabo ... Butler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Saul (screen play) &
James Gunn (screen play)

Virginia Van Upp (story) &
Berne Giler (story) (as Bernie Giler)

Produced by
Vincent Sherman .... producer
Rita Hayworth .... producer (uncredited)
Virginia Van Upp .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Duning .... musical director
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Saul Chaplin .... vocal arranger (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Valerie Bettis .... choreographer: Rita Hayworth's numbers
Jackson Leighter .... executive consultant: Beckworth Corp.
 

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98 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
The song "Rum and Coca Cola" by The Andrews Sisters was originally a calypso song composed and performed by a Trinidad calypso band in the mid-1940s. At that time the American military maintained two bases in Trinidad. The song is about the soldiers from these bases and how a mother and daughter provided "pleasure" for the "Yankee dollar". Actually, if one walked around Port of Spain - Trinidad's capital city - during this period it was a common sight to see American soldiers and sailors with local women at hotels and bars.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: An exterior shot of an airborne DC-3 with standard rectangular windows is followed by an interior shot of Emery looking out of a round window.See more »
Quotes:
Max Fabian:At the risk of dislocating your personality, try to remain calm.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in My Father George Voskovec (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Trinidad LadySee more »

FAQ

Why was Chris' husband killed?
Where is Trinidad?
Why did Neil write the letter to his brother?
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Trinidad Lady, 10 October 2002
Author: petershelleyau from Sydney, Australia

On the orders of Columbia studio head Harry Cohn, Rita Hayworth was transformed from a latin B player to an A picture love goddess, her high spirits passing as all-American in titles like Cover Girl and Gilda. However the curse of the beautiful is that they become possessions by collectors, just as Rita told screenwriter of Gilda, Virginia Van Upp - "Men fell in love with Gilda but woke up with me". Her greatest collector was Prince Aly Khan, and the idea of capturing a movie star predated Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier in the 1950's. However the Hayworth/Khan marriage failed and Rita returned to Hollywood. Perhaps in a depression, unhappy with the vehicle provided for her comeback role, or simply older, Hayworth's sparkle had dimmed.

That's not to say that she doesn't look beautiful in the film. Whilst not lit as gorgeously as she was by Rudolph Mate in Gilda, she has a moment here standing in repose in shadow, smoking. But even with her character being a recent widow, her voice is dead and she carries herself like a somnambulist. She is best when she is dancing as she does twice here. In the first, Trinidad Lady, is the Carmen Rita - barefoot and tossing her dress. The framing distances us - director Vincent Sherman may be more interested in the crowd around the stage, but she looks happy performing. The second, I've Been Kissed Before, has obvious parallels to her Put The Blame on Mame from Gilda. She wears a shimmery black dress as fetishistic as the famous black satin sheath, the number is schematically arranged to present her as a tramp to later be rewarded with a face slap, even the choreography recalls that of Mame. However her announced intention to dance, even if contextualised, is a dramatic change of characterisation. She gives us the Gilda we want, and not the woman we have accepted up to this time - the one we have woken up with.

The Gilda connection is made in the film by the casting of Glenn Ford as her romantic partner, thankfully treating her a little kinder this time around, Steven Geray in an amusing supporting role as her employer, Alexander Scourby as a pseudo-George Macready but without the menace, the locale being Trinidad as Gilda was set in Buenos Aires and a plot about German-ish hoods investing in shady activities that pose a threat to security. Ford tells us he was a pilot in the war and since he isn't old enough to mean WW1, we know that Upp and her co-writers have written their screenplay in a rush, explaining Hayworth's own reluctance to participate.

Scourby is give the witty lines like "Some people are mellowed by drink. Have another" and "At the risk of dislocating your personality, try to be calm". He has a funny exchange with Ford about Hayworth - "I think you look lovelier in this color than any other. Don't you agree?" "There's a few shades I haven't seen her in yet". Valerie Bettis who created Rita's dances also appears as the wife of one of the Germans and her drunken energy is very welcome. She has a great laugh and even gets to parody Hayworth's dancing at one point, and Juanita Moore is good as Rita's maid. Sherman provides an exterior of an airport with seemingly limitless open skies, and gives Scourby's interior an imposing staircase.

This film is not a bomb, plot holes notwithstanding. Sherman moves things along and at least Hayworth isn't the embarrassment she was in the Hall of Mirrors sequence in The Lady from Shanghai. Perhaps Aly Khan took the best of her and Harry Cohn was left to salvage her career with the little she had left to give.

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