Joe Baron is a cop with money problems who sees them solved when he is assigned a burglary case involving $500.000 missing from a doctor's office safe. Joe and his partner decide to find the missing cash.
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Joe Baron is a cop with money problems. However, his problems seem solved when Joe is assigned a burglary case involving 500,000 dollars missing from a doctor's office safe. Joe and his partner, Pete decide to find the missing cash and keep it for themselves. Written by
Ford, Hayworth paired for last time in last-ditch noir
The noir cycle had run its course by the early 60s, but a few stragglers made it through the gates before the 70s changed the way movies were made and viewed. The Money Trap is one of them, and could have been made, in terms of technique and sensibility, in 1956 rather than a decade later. (Digression: this was a time when a series of European "bombshells," most of whom seem to have learned their lines phonetically, starred in big-budget movies, in Hollywood's dizzy anticipation of multiculturalism. Here we have to endure Elke Sommer whose eyes all but cross in her attempt to pronounce English). The theme is the rot at the core of the American Dream (Norman Mailer's novel of that title appeared in 1966, too). Glenn Ford plays a police detective goaded by Sommer to a higher standard of living than his salary permits. He allows himself to be lured into the company of some very shady characters, chief among whom is Joseph Cotten, and starts his descent down the primrose path. Best part of the movie is the return of Rita Hayworth (Ford and she first paired, unforgettably, in Gilda 20 years earlier), as a blowsy waitress with whom Ford once.... Well, you get the picture. When he asks her how she's been, she grudgingly responds, "I've been around."
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