Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to ...
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Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to exploit him, which is also the case of Nikarescu, a shady trafficker. Meanwhile, lurking behind the scenes, is inspector Carnero, waiting patiently until he gets Mike...Written by
George Sanders claimed that he was "filled with foreboding from the start", making this film, adding that it was "deficient in what I might call the serious approach to film-making". He said the film company had rented a 60-foot cabin cruiser which the actors and crew boarded each morning at the yacht club in Palma, on Mallorca; it then put to sea and cruised around until a suitable location was found. This wasted a great deal of time, making the film exceed its eight-week schedule; it was still unfinished after five months. At this point, Sanders announced he was leaving the film, noting that he had not been fully paid for the work thus far completed. He departed for Barcelona, but, once there, was persuaded to return by a distraught assistant director who had formerly served (Sanders claimed) in the Hungarian diplomatic corps. This departure had the effect of hurrying everything up, although it was still two more months before the film was finished; after that, it proved to be a huge financial flop and was very little-shown in Europe or America. See more »
Both the plot and the visual appearance of this very unknown film reminds the spectator in some whiles of masterpieces of that time like 'The Third Man', 'Casablanca', 'The Lady of Shangai', 'Beat the Devil', or even 'Mr Arkadin' (an strange and marvelous co production filmed in Spain as well) but it's quality is a sidereal distance far away from them.
Plot is a little complicated, characters are not completely credible and Sanders is a little miscast in this story settled in Mallorca about an smuggler and his ethical doubts. As in many co productions you feel that the result is composed of glued parts and so the whole thing doesn't work as properly as it should.
Anyway, has moments that deserve the watching: A funny José Nieto telling Agnes Morehead she is as beautiful as a fruit in season (though may be you have to be Spanish to enjoy it). And some other beautiful: the cave sequence, the opening with the mills (with remembrances from Orson Welles), besides some glimmer of magic in the acting of Sanders, Morehead and Roc. All the outdoor footage in black and white at the Mallorca seaside is also remarkable.
And of course, the musical sequence (magistrally shot) with Lola Flores and Manolo Caracol making some flamenco sketches at the top of their art is something all spaniards should be proud of
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