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 »
Production problems sink film
An early production effort by the Salkind brothers (Superman) this uneasy mixture of neo-realism and and standard actioner was plagued with production problems. Location filming on Majorca dragged on for an incredible seven months. Rushes had to be sent to the mainland for processing so it was impossible to view progress on a daily basis. Some of the post-synching in outdoors scenes is muffled and doesn't seem to match the actors voices in studio sequences.The photography is also uneven, even though the cinematographer Andre Thomas was married to leading lady Patricia Roc some of her close ups are less than flattering. The climax of the film set on two boats is so badly edited that you have a job working out what is going on. George Sanders is completely miscast in an Errol Flynn role whilst poor Pat Roc struggles with an unevenly written part as a Swedish refugee, seeming constantly on the verge of hysterics for no good reason. The technical shortcomings sink a potentially enjoyable film
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