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Twist of Fate (1954)

Beautiful Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 November 1954 (USA)
Ginger Rogers, an actress living with Stanley Baker on the Riveria, becomes involved with Jacques Bergerac and learns he is a dangerous criminal.



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Complete credited cast:
'Johnny' Victor
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Ginger Rogers is in love with an international businessman, Stanley Baker, who is actually the head of a syndicate that mints illegal coins for the Continental market. But she soon learns that Baker has been deceiving her and has no intentions of divorcing his wife. So she meets Jacques Bergerac, a potter, and falls for him (onscreen and off). Into this little slice of life comes Herbert Lom, a confidence man, and he steals a bracelet that Baker had given Rogers and uses it to pay a debt. Enter a twist-of-fate (the US title that describes the film a lot better than the UK title, which is not unusual for films going from America to England but seldon vice-versa), and it ends up in Baker's hands. Strained creditabilty aside since many, many films depend on beating the coincidental odds, Baker assumes that Lom is Rogers' lover, and this sin't a good assumption on his part sinve Lom kills him and then makes it appear as if Rogers and Bergerac did the deed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

5 November 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twist of Fate  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ginger Rogers and her co-star Jacques Bergerac, who plays Pierre, were married in real life at the time of making this. They had first met in Paris in 1952 and instantly fell in love. See more »


When Louis and Johnny leave for the casino after showing her the new yacht, Johnny takes a number of steps walking out of shot. Next shot when Louis asker her to wait in the car she is right in front of him. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 21 November 1954 (1954) See more »


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Conventional melodrama
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is worth watching for the fine, understated performances by Stanley Baker and Herbert Lom, each of whom exudes menace: a coiled snake and a desperate weakling respectively. The story strains credibility to achieve its effects and keep the plot moving, notwithstanding its reliance on the familiar trappings of melodrama - e.g., greed, betrayal, characters who are not what they seem to be. For a "kept woman," Ginger Rogers displays remarkable innocence. And is it actually possible to open the combination lock on a wall safe by merely turning the dial slowly and listening for clicks? The picture is minor-league Hitchcock (without Hitchcock), and it shows.

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