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The Big Boodle (1957)

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In pre-Castro Cuba, Ned Sherwood is caught between police and counterfeiters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossana Rory ...
'Fina' Ferrer
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Ned Sherwood
Francisco Canero ...
Police Doctor (as Dr. Francisco Canero)
Louis Oquendo ...
Detective (as Luis Oquendo)
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Col. Mastegui (as Pedro Armendariz)
Charles Todd ...
U.S. Treasury Agent Griswold
Enrique Cruz Álvarez ...
Police Lt. (as Enrique Cruz Alvarez)
Rogelio Hernández ...
Miguel Salcito (as Rogelio Hernandez)
Carlos Mas ...
Chuchu
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Miguel Collada
Guillermo Álvarez Guedes ...
Casino Manager (as Guillermo Alvarez G.)
Aurora Pita ...
Linen Shop Girl
Velia Martinez ...
Salcito's secretary
Gia Scala ...
Anita Ferrer
Sandro Giglio ...
Armando Ferrer
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Ned Sherwood, dealer in a Havana casino (pre-Castro), gets 500 counterfeit pesos from an anonymous, attractive blonde. Then he's beaten and wounded by two thugs trying to retrieve the bills. Then the police suspect him of being the counterfeiter. Then the real counterfeiter suspects him of having the missing plates. And someone is trying to kill Ned, who has little choice but to pursue the case himself, through a Cuban underworld where no one is what they seem. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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14 June 1957 (Finland)  »

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Jagd durch Havanna  »

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Colonel Mastegui: A man is not a man until he's caught at least one bullet.
Ned Sherwood: Catch it in the right place and a man isn't a man... period.
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CHERI'S THEME
Written by Eduardo Heredio (instrumental)
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Flynn struggles to stay afloat.
7 August 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A reluctant actor from 1953 on, Flynn roused himself for this unremarkable film. After splitting from Warner Brothers in 1953 he chose William Tell as his first solo effort, eager to star and produce. Flynn's finances never fully recovered from the resulting quagmire. This 1957 film arguably got his attention because as well as giving him a much needed pay cheque, it was also filmed on location in Havana. The location work is it's best feature. The Black and White photography adds to the Havana experience. The film is also helped by a good support cast, plus a plausible turn from Errol Flynn. The story, what there is of it, is about a world weary Croupier Ned Sherwood (Flynn) whose life gets almost fatally complicated "one night" when he finds himself with counterfeit Pesos. Pedro Armendariz is a delight as a crafty Colonel who doesn't believe or disbelieve Sherwood's story. Faced with no help from the Police Sherwood follows the funny money trail and uncovers some dislikable characters plus a larger plot. He also meets up with a mysterious blonde (Rossana Rory.)and Gia Scala (From Guns of Navarone). Sherwood struggles to untangle the web and clear his name. Despite the premise, location and likeable cast, the film is only just watchable. Flynn is worth seeing in one of his later roles, with Black and White allowing Flynn's hardening features a creditable rugged handsomeness.


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