6.4/10
386
17 user 5 critic

The Singer Not the Song (1961)

In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest and a local bandit clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.

Director:

(as Roy Baker)

Writers:

(novel) (as Audrey Erskine Lindop), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien
Western | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

Directors: Charles Vidor, George Cukor
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page
The Set-Up (1949)
Crime | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias
Bedtime Story (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of two gigolos who vie to see which is the best at their profession.

Director: Ralph Levy
Stars: Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones
Billy Liar (1963)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Director: Michael McCarthy
Stars: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dedicated British scientist tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements
Sebastian (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Susannah York, Lilli Palmer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rather undiplomatic British diplomat takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the father, who was hoping for a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern
Agent 8 3/4 (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

British Intelligence sends an unemployed Czech-speaking British writer to Prague in a mission of industrial espionage.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Anacleto Comachi
...
Father Michael Keogh
...
Locha de Cortinez
...
Old Uncle
John Bentley ...
Police Captain
Leslie French ...
Father Gomez
...
Presidente
Nyall Florenz ...
Vito
...
Pedro de Cortinez
Philip Gilbert ...
Phil Brown
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Chela
Laurence Payne ...
Pablo
Jacqueline Evans ...
Dona Marian
Lee Montague ...
Pepe
Serafina Di Leo ...
Jasefa
Edit

Storyline

During the 1950s, in a small isolated Mexican village, the local Roman Catholic priest, Father Gomez, is an older man with a broken spirit. During his tenure in the village of Quantano, he fought hard to keep his flock of parishioners, in spite of threats and intimidation from the part of local bandit Anacleto Comachi and his men. The atheistic bandit has imposed his tyrannical rule over the region for many years. The local Police cannot find any witnesses to come forward and testify to any wrongdoing from the part of Anacleto. Therefore, they cannot charge him or arrest him. The Catholic Church replaces Father Gomez with a younger, more energetic priest, Father Keogh from Ireland. Before departing the village, Father Gomez warns Father Keogh of the dangers of defying Anacleto Comachi's authority. But Father Keogh openly defies the bandit and administers his daily priestly duties at the village church. He even manages to persuade some of the villagers to start attending church again. ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The strange and terrible combat of two men in a strange and terrible Mexican town. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Esperança Nunca Morre  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roy Ward Baker insisted until the end of his long life that this film had done great damage to his career, as well as being one of the most difficult to make. He began his secondary career as a television director soon after its release, fearing that his days of making movies for the cinema might be numbered. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A most unusual Western.
24 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slow-moving but compelling psychological Western about a determined priest who arrives at a small town that seems to be mysteriously dominated by a local bad guy, and decides to fight him in his own peaceful way; their confrontations make the movie. Literate script (just a quote: "Isn't that your job, Father; To keep hoping that any soul can be saved, even mine?", asks the bandit), exceptional acting by the two leads (and very unexceptional acting by Mylene Demongeot). (***)


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Coming out on DVD in the UK mr-dan-hunter
Discuss The Singer Not the Song (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?